Josie and Robin's Books of the Year

2017 End of Year Special Part 1

In the first instalment of our multi part end of year specials Josie and Robin chat about the best books they’ve read this year. Josie’s got some poetry and short book recommendations and Robin’s got some horror books and has finally read a Jean Rhys book. Also Nat Metcalfe pops in to give us his top comics of the year.




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Reading List

Robin recommends:

Acts of Creation by Arthur Koestler

The Case of the Midwife Toad by Arthur Koestler

eYE Marty by Marty Feldman

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys

Watling Street by John Higgins

Stranger Than We Can Imagine by John Higgins

The New View Over Atlantis by John Michell

Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford

Beyond Weird by Philip Ball

Critical Mass by Philip Ball

A Contract With God by Will Eisner

Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner

X’ed out by Charles Burns

Pagans Progress by Michael Dames

Murmurs of Doubt by Rebecca Fox

How To Be Reasonable by Rebecca Fox

The Worm and the Bird by Coralie Pickford-Smith

A Suggestion of Ghosts edited by Johnny Mains

Dead Funny and Dead Funny Encore edited by Robin Ince and Johnny Mains

How to See the World by Nicholas Mirzoeff

But Is it Art? by Cynthia Freeland

Selfie by Will Storr

The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher

Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns Carr

I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin

A Galaxy of Her Own by Libby Jackson

Thought X edited by Ra Page and Rob Appleby

Sometimes These Words Just Don’t Have to be Said by Richard Houghton

Josie recommends:

The Informed Heart by Bruno Bettelheim

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart

Bravado by Scottee

Swims by Elizabeth Jane Burnett

How the Body Works the Dark by Derrick Brown

Black Hole by Charles Burns

Driving Short Distances by Joff Winterhart

Days of Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart

Threads from the Refugee Crisis by Kate Evans

Glacial Period by Nicolas De Crecy

Horror Films by Alan Frank

No-one Cares About Your New Thing by Jon Osborne

His Blood Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Good night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

Nat Metcalfe recommends:

A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Daniel Clowes

The Artist by Anna Haifisch

Kill or Be Killed by Ed Brubaker

Lowlife by Ed Brubaker

Fred the Clown in The Iron Duchess by Roger Langridge

Triggerman by Walter Hill

Black Widow by Mark Said and Chris Samnee

Spy Seal by Rich Tommaso

Mr Higgins Comes Home by Mike Mignola

Berserker by Rick Lovered

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