26 recommends

Book: 

Birdsong in a Time of Silence by Steven Lovatt

A celebration of the sounds that lifted us out of the strangest of times. Part memoir, part character study, enriched by poetry and beautifully illustrated. 

Film: 

Moon, directed by Duncan Jones 

Available on BBC iPlayer 

Modest budget, critically acclaimed science fiction film that follows a lone miner struggling with isolation on the far side of the moon. Tight and personal storytelling with a great twist and a brilliant performance from Sam Rockwell. 

– Michelle Nicol


I recommend The greater light a compendium of the life and works of Martin Shaw_ ed Stephen Connock and Isobel Montgomery Campbell. I’ve read this for my East Anglia bylines series on place-named hymn tunes. Next stop Little Cornard, where Shaw honeymooned. Hills of the North, rejoice!

– Aidan Baker

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