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My book recommendation is: Braiding Sweetgrass . Robin Wall Kimmerer writes beautifully on the gift of reciprocity as an evolutionary route to our future, if we can remember that we are ‘wild things’ too that we already have the know-what and know-how; that there is still much to learn from our non-human siblings.

– Faye Sharpe


I rushed out and bought a copy of Wendy Erskine’s new collection of short stories, Dance Move, on the day it came out. Set in Belfast, these economical stories open up to reveal the frustrations, fears and hopes of a cast of Belfast-based characters, from a woman taking down ‘missing’ posters of her dead son to a married couple both fantasising about different sexual partners. If you haven’t read Erskine’s first collection, Sweet Home, try that too, it’s wonderful.

– Jill Hopper


I recommend A Woman of No Importance: The untold story of Virginia Hall, WW2’s Most Dangerous Spy by Sonia Purnell. I’ve performed as SOE’s Vera Atkins, told the story of Noor Inyat Khan, watched Foyle’s War with Miss Pierce (surely based on Vera) but have never seen reference to Virginia Hall – possibly because she wasn’t one of Vera’s ‘girls’. Highly recommended – what an inspirational woman. Perfect read for International Women’s Month.

– Irene Lofthouse


I recommend Rebecca Solnitt’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost. “In this investigation into loss, losing and being lost, Rebecca Solnit explores the challenges of living with uncertainty. A Field Guide to Getting Lost takes in subjects as eclectic as memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies and Renaissance painting.”

– Ben Archer


My book recommendation is O little town: hymn-tunes and the places that inspired them by Mark Browse, who shares my  interest in tune-honoured places.  He gives eleven place-named tunes a chapter each, and name-checks about 100 others. This fun read leaves plenty for my exploring them in East Anglia bylines!

– Aidan Baker

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