Book List From the Hay (Wales) Festival of Literature

Self is obssessed with book lists. Obssessed!

Found this list today, on the Hay Festival of Literature website. Copying it out below.

No list is not without its shortcomings: WHY ONLY THREE BOOKS BY ASIAN WOMEN.

The highlighted titles are the ones self has read:

  1. A Book of Mediterranean Food, by Elizabeth David
  2. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride
  3. A Place of Greater Safety, by Hilary Mantel
  4. Ain’t I a Woman, by Bell Hooks
  5. Ariel, by Sylvia Plath
  6. At the Source, by Gillian Clarke
  7. Babette’s Feast, by Isaak Dinesen
  8. Bad Behavior, by Mary Gaitskill
  9. The Bastard of Istanbul, by Elif Shafak
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  11. Bonjour Tristesse, by Francoise Sagan
  12. Brick Lane, by Monica Ali
  13. Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding
  14. Close Range: Wyoming Stories, by E. Annie Proulx
  15. Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons
  16. Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
  17. The Collected Dorothy Parker
  18. Everyday Sexism, by Laura Bates
  19. Falling Awake, by Alice Oswald
  20. Frost in May, by Antonia White
  21. Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
  22. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  23. Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  24. Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi
  25. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azbakan, by J. K. Rowling
  26. Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Revolution, by Mona Eltahawy
  27. Heartburn, by Nora Ephron
  28. Henry and June, by Anais Nin
  29. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
  30. How To Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran
  31. How To Eat, by Nigella Lawson
  32. How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, by Slavenka Drakulic
  33. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
  34. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  35. Into That Darkness, by Gitta Sereny
  36. Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
  37. Lullaby, by Leila Slimani
  38. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, by Elizabeth Taylor
  39. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
  40. Notes on a Scandal, by Zoe Heller
  41. Noughts & Crosses, by Malorie Blackman
  42. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson
  43. Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
  44. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
  45. Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
  46. Possession, by A. S. Byatt
  47. Rachel’s Holiday, by Marian Keyes
  48. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
  49. Regeneration, by Pat Barker
  50. Selected Stories by Alice Munro
  51. Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  52. Standing Female Nude, by Carol Ann Duffy
  53. Stranger on a Train, by Patricia Highsmith
  54. Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain
  55. The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson
  56. The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie
  57. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  58. The Country Girls, by Edna O’Brien
  59. The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives, by Carole Hillenbrand
  60. The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  61. The Female Eunuch, by Germaine Greer
  62. The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan
  63. The Fountain Overflows, by Rebecca West
  64. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
  65. The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
  66. The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
  67. The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson
  68. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  69. The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson
  70. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
  71. The Human Condition, by Hannah Arendt
  72. The Illustrated Mum, by Jacqueline Wilson
  73. The Land of Green Plums, by Herta Muller
  74. The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  75. The Moomins and the Great Flood, by Tove Jansson
  76. The Passion According to G. H., by Clarice Lispector
  77. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
  78. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark
  79. The Pursuit of Love, by Nancy Mitford
  80. The Road Home, by Rose Tremain
  81. The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir
  82. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, by Sue Townsend
  83. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
  84. The Shock Doctrine, by Naomi Klein
  85. The View From the Ground, by Martha Gellhorn
  86. The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
  87. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  88. Three Strong Women, by Marie Ndiaye
  89. Tipping the Velvet, by Sarah Waters
  90. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  91. Train to Nowhere, by Anita Leslie
  92. Under the Net, by Iris Murdoch
  93. Unless, by Carol Shields
  94. We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
  95. What I Loved by Siri Huvstedt
  96. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
  97. Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys
  98. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang
  99. Wise Children, by Angela Carter
  100. Women & Power, by Mary Beard

Missouri Review Miller Audio Prize Winners 2018

Self joined this contest with her friend Morgan Cooke, the inaugural year of the prize, in 2014. The story we did was “Spores.” We did not win, but self has always kept tabs on the contest winners.

2018 contest winners have just been announced.

Here’s the link to the Contest homepage.

You can listen to past winners via the link.

Who knows, maybe one day self will feel bold enough to try again.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Twisted in the Garden


Betty Boop and Fourth of July roses


Self is so fascinated by this twisted vine, which was only revealed after she did heavy cutting back of some overgrown bushes:


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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