Here’s an absolutely, completely up-to-date list of everything I’ve ever read. (Or a half-arsed list that I keep meaning to update but this time, honestly, it’s a New Year’s resolution to actually do this thing up to 52.)
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. If you’ve ever needed loving arms around you or if your mother has ever been an astonishing let down, this might make you smile.
- The Little Book of Whittling by Chris Lubkemann – gorgeous, photo-illustrated book on how to whittle animals and tools out of wood.
- Milkman by Anna Burns. Complex, observant, tribal story of gossip, politics and violence in an unnamed city (Belfast).
- Womanhood: The Bare Reality by Laura Dodsworth. The third of the triptych – similar vein to the others.
- The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan. Reading.
- The Choice by Edith Eger. Reading.
- Best Microfiction 2019 anthology of editor-nominated microfictions. Am biased because I have one in it, but enjoyed it anyway. Crumbs by Nicole Rivas, Not Sorry by Sarah Salway, The Seeds of Things by Joe P Squance., My Father Comforts Me in the Form of Birds by Sharon Telfer. Lots more.
Oh God, I have not kept this up-to-date, argh. Um. .. The Goldfinch, second attempt, yey, and some other books. I’ll update this soon.
- The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. Classic, gothic creepy.
- Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. The culture and history of ultra-running (with opinions on evolution and footwear). Inspiring and fun.
- Manhood: the Bare Reality by Laura Dodsworth. Men’s relationships to their penises. Lots of anxiety, less relaxed love and fun. Quite miserable.
- My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal. Painful and poignant but beautifully told story of adoption.
- Other Household Toxins by Christopher Allen. Merciless flash fiction. Excellent.
- You Can’t Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen. It’s sad that it’s funny.
- The Story of Life by Chris (Simpsons Artist). Flanimals meets Edward Monkton.
- Boost Creative Writing Confidence at KS2 by Kate Long. Ace – fun for parents, too.