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Bibliophile Episode 9: Recent Reads | The People in the Trees | Favourite Books of 2018

In this episode of Bibliophile, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor reveal their most recent reads, then discuss the first novel by Hanya Yanigahara, The People in the Trees, then share their best books of 2018.

Currently Reading

  • A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millenium by Chris Harman (David)
  • Thin Air by Richard Morgan (Jonathan)
  • Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan (JT)
  • Cicada by Shaun Tan (JT)
  • Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes (JT)
  • The Kills by Richard House (JT)
  • The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson) (Julie)
  • The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley (Julie)
  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Julie)
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Julie)
  • Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (JT)
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Julie)
  • Insomnia by Marina Benjamin (Julie)
  • The Great North Wood by Tim Bird (David)

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigahara

  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara
  • Milkman by Anna Burns

There will be no book group discussion next month (January) but in February’s Bibliophile we will talk about Little by Edward Carey.

Best Books of 2018

  • The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark (JT)
  • The Hothouse on the East River by Muriel Spark (Julie)
  • The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark (Julie)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (David)
  • Milkman by Anna Burns (David & Julie)
  • Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (Julie)
  • Painter to the King by Amy Sackville (Julie)
  • Lullaby by Leila Slimani (Julie)
  • Night in the Lonesome October by David Zelazny (JT)
  • Resistance by Julian Fuks, translated by Daniel Hahn (David)
  • Fish Soup by Margarita Garcia Robayo, translated by Charlotte Coombe (Julie)
  • The German Room by Carla Maliandi (David)
  • Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima (Julie)
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (JT)
  • Revolting Prostitutes by Molly Smith (David)
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Julie)
  • Mr Lear by Edward Lear (Julie)
  • I’m Sorry, I Love You by Jim Smallman (JT)
  • Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Julie)


David: The New Enclosures by Brett Christophers

Julie: television adaptation of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante by Saverio Costanza. For discussion about the book covers of the Neopolitan novels, please see this article.

Jonathan: Upper Wilds new album “Mars” and Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles