Books of the Year - 2020 Edition

Book Shambles

In our first episode of 2021, Robin and Josie look back on the best things they read in 2020. Most are books that came out last year, but a few aren’t, don’t hold it against us. From poetry to science to horror, there’s something in this long list of recommendations for everyone!

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Reading List

Shambles recommendations:

We Need New Stories by Nesrine Malik

The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars by Paul Broks

Stories We Tell Ourselves by Richard Holloway

A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson

Kindred by Rebecca Wragg-Sykes

The End of Everything by Katie Mack

Brown Baby by Nikesh Shukla

The Panic Years by Nell Frizzell

Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan

Everything’s Fine by Socrates Adams

A Modern Family by Socrates Adams

The Foghorn’s Lament: The Disappearing Music of the Coast by Jennifer Lucy Allan

Thin Places by Kerri ni Dochartaigh

Educated by Tara Westover

Paintings by Georgia O’Keefe

The soul of the ape by Eugène Marais

50 Things About Us: What We Really Need to Know About Britain by Mark Thomas

Beneath the Night by Stuart Clark

The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars by Jo Marchant

For Small Creatures Such as We by Sasha Sagan

How To Tell Depression to Piss Off by James Withey

Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo

My Darling From the Lions by Rachel Long

Supporting Cast by Kit De Waal

Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates

Explaining Humans by Camilla Pang

House of Psychotic Women by Kier-La Janisse

Until the End of Time by Brian Greene

The Poetry and Music of Science Comparing Creativity in Science and Art by Tom McLeish

Of Mud and Flame edited by Matthew Harle and James Machin

Ithell Colquhoun by Amy Hale

The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

The English Heretic Collection: Ritual Histories, Magickal Geography by Andy Sharp

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

The You Choose series by Pippa Goodhart

A Place to Scream by Jean Ure

Coffinmakers Blues: Collected Writings on Terror edited Stephen Volk

We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale edited by Neil Snowdon

The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher

What is Life? by Paul Nurse

A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Walking With the Wind by John Lewis

Coming Undone by Terri White

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Listener recommendations:

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

Dead Famous by Greg Jenner

Amateur by Thomas Page McBee

I’m a Joke and So Are You by Robin Ince

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

House of Stone by Novuyo Tshuma

My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

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