Ep 69 Best Book Recommendations of 2022

To wrap up every episode of James and Ashley Stay at Home, the podcast I co-host with author James McKenzie Watson, we ask our guests the same question – what are you reading?

To close out 2022, we’ve collected the year’s best recommendations into one super book chat ep! It’s a lot of fun and features a wide range of guests including Sarah Sentilles, Dinuka McKenzie, Katherine Collette and Darryl Jones.

Check out the full list of recommendations, and listen to episode 69 on AppleSpotify or your favourite podcast app.

Nardi Simpson on James and Ashley Stay at Home podcast

From episode 48 with Shankari Chandran
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson (interviewed in ep 18)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian, translated by Mabel Lee

From episode 49 with Jacinta Dietrich
Certain Prey by John Sandford
Mortal Prey by John Sandford

Author Sarah Sentilles on James and Ashley Stay at Home podcast

From episode 50 with Sarah Sentilles
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
The Rabbits by Sophie Overett
This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

From episode 51 with Dinuka McKenzie
Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
How to End a Story: Diaries 1995-1998 by Helen Garner
Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
A Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris

From episode 55 with Katherine Collette
Found, Wanting by Natasha Sholl
Love Stories by Trent Dalton
After Story by Larissa Behrendt

Author Ellis Gunn and cover of memoir Rattled

From episode 56 with Ellis Gunn
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
The Luminous Solution by Charlotte Wood
How to Be Australian by Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Outline by Rachel Cusk
The Break by Katherena Vermette

Australiana novel by Yuman Kassab

From episode 57 with Yumna Kassab
Blindness by Jose Saramago
The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez
Divorce Is in the Air by Gonzalo Torne
Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au

From episode 56 with Rae Cairns
Autumn by Ali Smith
Negative Space by BR Yeager
Goat Mountain by David Vann
Black and Blue by Veronica Gorrie

From episode 63 with Bronwyn Birdsall
Indelible City by Louisa Lim
The Writer Laid Bare by Lee Kofman (who we spoke to back in ep 3)
A Kind of Magic by Anna Spargo-Ryan

Author Al Campbell on James and Ashley Stay at Home podcast, with headshot and book cover

From episode 65 with Al Campbell
The Signal Line by Brendan Colley
Denizen by James McKenzie Watson (interviewed in ep 60)
Curlews on Vulture Street by Darryl Jones

Aue by Becky Manawatu

From episode 67 with Darryl Jones
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Auē by Becky Manawatu

Listen to this episode of James and Ashley Stay at Home here, or on Apple podcasts, SpotifyStitcher, or your favourite podcast app, and find out about past episodes here.


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