2017 End of Year Review No.2

All the books and other publications I enjoyed enough in 2017 to tweet about them:


Miranda Doyle, A Book of Untruths: A Memoir, 2017:

“Just finished @Miranda_J_Doyle’s new memoir. Really enjoyed its approach to storytelling & truth telling.”

Tom Jeffreys, Signal Failure: London to Birmingham, HS2 on Foot, 2017:

“Really enjoyable holiday reading (review copy for @MancReviewBooks) – strong on landscape & its links to culture, authority, identity, etc.”
Richard and Sally Barrett, 67, 100, Sometimes 10, 2017:
“The publication I’ve enjoyed most recently: @Bazzabarrett76 & @disappearingmac’s comic/tragic poems inspired by buses, people and life.”

Richard Brook, Manchester Modern, 2017:

“The book’s a real thing of beauty – and a great resource & guide to Greater Manchester’s twentieth century buildings!”

Corridor8, Ripe, 2017:

“Belatedly (bought months ago & only just read): really enjoyed this publication bringing together writing on art, erotica & food production.”

Chapel Street Community Arts, Mind the Gap, 2017:
“Picked up this free publication yesterday: interesting photography project on contrasts & inequalities in inner-city & suburban Salford.”

Non-2017 publications

Jason Orton and Ken Worpole, the New English Landscape, 2013:

“Currently exploring the marshy coastlines and muddy creeks of north Essex. Really enjoying this holiday reading!”

Living Art Museum, Archive on the Run, 2013:

“A very nice book reflecting on the Living Museum, a really interesting project & collection founded by Icelandic artists in 1978.”

Josh Cohen, The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark, 2013:

“Current train journey reading. Really like his way of writing blending personal experience/memory with psychoanalytical history & theory.”
“Also an interesting read in relation to a piece I’ve been working on around ‘personal troubles, public issues’.”

Jackie Kay, Trumpet, 1998:
“Just finished reading Jackie Kay’s Trumpet for @Coop_CollegeUK and @CooperativesUK’s new #HolyoakeHouse reading group & absolutely loved it!”

Jane Jacobs, The Life and Death of Great American Cities, 1961 (despite only being a quarter of the way through, this merited three tweets): 

“Finally reading this, after many years of meaning to. Lots of it already feels so familiar, because of hearing her ideas talked about so much!”

“Her writing about the ‘daily ballet’ of New York is some of the best writing I’ve read about NY (speaking as someone who spent their teens reading writing about NY!) and maybe cities in general.”

“(My other favourite bit so far has been the comments about ‘special-interest communities’ in cities, and the way in which people with special interests find each other and exchange ideas across the whole city, rather than just small neighbourhoods!).”

– Natalie Bradbury

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