Books of the Year

Book Shambles

It’s our annual books of the year edition of Book Shambles recorded with various guests back stage at the Compendium and Nine Lessons shows. In this year’s edition Robin chats to Josie Long, Michael Legge, Pete Etchells, Claudia Hammond, Gecko, Chris Lintott, Chris Hadfield, Jo Neary, Suzi Gage, Lucie Green, Ben Moor, Tim Peake, Lucy Rogers, Peter Buckley Hill and Trent Burton.

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Reading List

Robin Ince recommends:

Notes From An Apocalypse by Mark O’Connell

Lost in a Good Game by Pete Etchells

McMindfulness by Ronald E. Purser

Animal by Sara Pascoe

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

The Crowd and the Cosmos by Chris Lintott

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

My Name is Monster by Katie Hale

Say Why to Drugs by Suzi Gage

Sunfall by Jim Al-Khalili

From Eternity to Here by Sean Carroll

Only Americans Burn in Hell by Jarret Kopek

Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Josie Long recommends:

The poetry of Crispin Best

The Wall by John Lanchester

Michael Legge recommends:

The Hate Poems by John Tottenham

Shout, Sister, Shout! by Gayle Wald

Face It by Debbie Harry

Pete Etchells recommends:

The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Claudia Hammond recommends:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

To Be a Machine by Mark O’Connell

Gecko recommends:

Sex, Power, Money by Sara Pascoe

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Chris Lintott recommends:

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

Remainder by Tom McCarthy

Green Earth by Kim Stanley Robinson

Chris Hadfield recommends:

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Jo Neary recommends:

The work of Daphne du Maurier

The work of John Higgs

William Blake Now by John Higgs

The Future is History by Masha Gessen

The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen

Suzi Gage recommends:

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez

The One Who Wrote Destiny by Nikesh Shukla

Women of Substances by Jenny Valentish

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Cala by Laura Legge

Out of the Woods by Luke Turner

Lucie Green recommends:

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Ben Moor recommends:

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

March of the Lemmings by Stewart Lee

Episodes by Christopher Priest

The Separation by by Christopher Priest

Powers of Ten by Jonathon Hickman

House of X by Jonathon Hickman

Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple

The short stories of Joanna Walsh

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Driftless Area by Tom Drury

You’re on an Airplane by Parker Posey

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer

Shopfronts of London by Eleanor Crow

Lanny by Max Porter

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Tim Peake recommends:

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

Lucy Rogers recommends:

Forever Completely by JJ Patrick

Peter Buckley Hill recommends:

The Messianic Legacy by Michael Baigent

Melinda Burton recommends:

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

Others edited by Charles Fernyhough

Trent Burton recommends:

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

Mouthful of Blood by Toni Morrison

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