2017 in Review: Books

In our literary segment of a three-part Cultural Roundup Series for 2017 (Part One: Film can be found here), Gabriella and Claudette discuss some of their favourite books of the year.

Length: 24 mins, Recorded December 2017

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  • The 2017 Booker Prize
  • 1:40 – 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (The book Claudette never finished)
  • 1:57 – Autumn by Ali Smith
  • 2:00 – Exit West by Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • 2:30 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • 3:17 – Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • 4:55 –Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • Black Mirror – A sci-fi TV show from the UK
  • 6:01 – Winter by Ali Smith
  • Pauline Boty, an artist referenced in Autumn by Ali Smith
  • Barbara Hepworth, an artist referenced in Winter by Ali Smith
  • 10:10 – Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  • 11:10 – Elmet by Fiona Mozley, The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • 11:55 – Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
  • 15:15 – The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
  • 16:14 – The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
  • 17:21 – The Artist is Present, performance artwork by Marina Abramović
  • 20:27 – True Stories (The 2017 Compendium edition by Text Publishing) by Helen Garner
  • 20:48 – “Why She Broke” by Helen Garner, story in The Monthly, June 2017

Upcoming books mentioned:

  • Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
  • The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
  • Manifesto: Power and Women by Mary Beard
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Ulverton by Adam Thorpe (Hilary Mantel cried when this book did not reach the 1992 Booker shortlist)
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

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