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This month’s recommendations include a handy of list of ‘books of the year’ as championed by members at our Christmas party.

Books of the year

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo – recommended by Lisa Andrews and Sophie Gordon
A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver – recommended by Julia Fox
The Mahogany Pod by Jill Hopper – recommended by Fiona Thompson and Elise Valmorbida
The Overstory by Richard Powers – recommended by Heather Aitchison
Sillabari by Goffredo Parise – recommended by Elise Valmorbida
Smiley’s People by John le Carre – recommended by John Simmons
Parallel Lives by Phyllis Rose – recommended by Jill Hopper
Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee– recommended by Sabine Harnau
Sleeping Letters by Marie-Elsa R Bragg – recommended by Fiona Thompson
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit – recommended by Alastair Creamer
Spring Journal (After Louis MacNiece) by Jonathan Gibbs and Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell – recommended by Wendy Jones
Thirty Three Poems Some Of Which Are About Death by Ben North – recommended by Jo Lilford
The Boy, the Mole. the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy – recommended by Suzie Inman
Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghriofa recommended by Therese Kieran
Dominicana by Angie Cruz – recommended by Poppy Collier
Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood – recommended by Faye Sharpe

I came across this lovely writing project at Ladies Wine and Design London’s Xmas event. It’s called Post Quarantine where people are invited to write to their future self in a post-COVID world. You then post them to the team, and when this is all over will reunite you with your letter.

I also recommend this article, about Craig Oldham’s May they never be deemed ‘low skilled’ again

– Sana Iqbal

I’m reading Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s a great read. 

And I visited this photography show: Manzanar: Their Footsteps Remain, about the shameful interment of the Japanese during WWII.

– Richard Pelletier

David Attenborough’s A Life on our Planet (book and film) demand to be read and watched. But that’s no imposition – they are stories told with great power and compelling clarity. They make us all more aware of the planet and humanity’s role in destroying it.

I always hesitate to claim ‘this is important’ – but it is, for the present and future generations. He not only tells the story but sets out what we can do to help recovery. Let’s do it.

This is the most joyful and the saddest thing I’ve seen for the current situation (though recorded a few years ago). Best played full screen with the volume up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo

– John Simmons

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