Crow Court by Andy Charman The Cold Millions by Jess Walter Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith My Phantoms by Gwendoline Riley Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Caveby Mark Mordue And Away… by Bob Mortimer The Lyricsby Paul McCartney – edited by Paul Muldoon Barbara Throws A Wobbler by Nadia Shireen The False Rose by Jakob Wegelius — translated by Peter Graves
I’ve read a lot (just over 50 books), but I fell out of the habit of blogging about everything I finished. Perhaps I’ll get back to that in 2022.
Some of my favourite new music from this past year:
The Beths – Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Carnage The Felice Brothers – From Dreams To Dust Helado Negro – Far In Tom Jones – Surrounded by Time Manic Street Preachers – The Ultra Vivid Lament Mouth Painter – Tropicale Moon Alison Russell – Outside Child
and a couple of excellent reissues:
John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band Supergrass – In It For The Money
Bookshop.org launched in the UK last Monday, offering an easy way to buy any book whilst supporting and promoting indie bookshops – who don’t have to fulfil the orders, but do get a healthy chunk of the profits. I’ve now received my first bunch o’ books, and can highly recommend the service. Buying directly from your local shop remains the best way to keep them going, but there really is no excuse to resort to Amazon now, if there ever was.
In under two weeks the site has raised a whopping £125,000 for local bookshops. It’s great to see the UK books community embracing it, especially during a time when it’s not possible to browse a physical shop here, yet we’re all keen to stock up on winter reading.
One clever feature of the site is the option for authors, bloggers, book clubs, or anyone else to set up an affiliate page and put together lists of recommended titles – then get a little commission when people purchase books whilst browsing their ‘shop’.
I do love a list, so have wasting no time in getting set up and putting these together: