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.
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.