The Best & Worst Of 2017
For everyone it was an astonishing year in politics; bizarre, divisive and absurd by turns, Trump and Brexit occupying far too much of our energy and attention. Most have come to the realisation that leaving Europe has already damaged our finances and our international standing. Will Brexit have an upside? Perhaps, if it makes us rethink our attitudes to others. Travelling around the country this year I spoke to many sensible-minded folk who voted on either side, only to feel deceived and let down.
Meanwhile, here are a few of the highs and lows for me. It’s impossible to choose a favourite novel because I read about a book a week across a wide range of subjects, and can’t exactly recall everything I’ve read.
My favourite play was ‘Ink’.
My favourite film choice is split between ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘Dunkirk’.
Favourite TV Show: ‘Taboo’.
Favourite Soundtrack: ‘The Shape Of Water’.
Favourite Exhibition: ‘Pink Floyd at the V&A’.
Really Annoying Novel I Still Enjoyed: ‘Madness Is Better Than Defeat’ – Ned Beauman.
Favourite Author Rediscoveries: Cornell Woolrich and Margaret Millar’s reissues.
Most Consistently Interesting English Author: Kate Atkinson.
Most Enjoyable Non-Fiction: Phillip Pullman’s ‘Daemon Voices’ / ‘Born Liars’/ ‘Homo Deus’ / Adam Kay’s ‘This Is Going To Hurt’.
Favourite Fantasy: ‘The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter’ – Ron Duncan / ‘The Bedlam Stacks’ – Natasha Pulley.
Publications this year; ‘Wild Chamber’, ‘Little Boy Found’, ‘Frightening’ (short stories) and…
Highlight of the year: The tour for ‘The Book Of Forgotten Authors’.
Coming up in March; ‘Bryant & May: Hall of Mirrors’, three new projects with dates yet to be set.
No need for resolutions. They were made long ago. Onward!