2011, A Year in Books, A Year in Films and TV, A Year in Music, Amy Winehouse, Beryl Bainbridge, Joan of Arc, Kimberly Cutter, Lana Del Rey, Little Gypsy, Lois Banner, Lykke Li, Marilyn Monroe, Purge, Roxy Freeman, Sofi Oksanen, The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress, The Maid, Wuthering Heights
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
2011 has been a year of change for me. I’ve been writing lots of non-fiction (as you’ve probably noticed), and have also made progress on my third novel.
2012 promises to be eventful – I’ll be turning 40 in June. Watch this space…
PS Here’s a few of my favourite books, movies and music released this year. The future may be uncertain, but great art never dies.
Best of 2011
Breathtaking thriller, with neo-gothic style, in-depth characterisation and cutting-edge narrative.
Astonishing, visionary – a road trip across America in 1968 with an enigmatic heroine, and many unforgettable characters.
Riveting journey into the mind of a holy warrior, and one of the most famous women who ever lived – Joan of Arc.
Original and insightful look at the private world of Marilyn Monroe.
Roxy Freeman’s enchanting memoir of a nomadic childhood.
Lush, orchestral pop from Sweden’s Lykke Li.
Dreamy ballad from Lizzie Grant aka Lana Del Rey.
A radical retelling of Wuthering Heights is long overdue, and Andrea Arnold’s work here is surely worthy of Emily Brontё’s uncompromising vision.
And goodbye to…