December 31st 2023

Favourites of 2023

This post should have marked the beginning of my yearly roundups of the favourite books and movies I read and watched in 2023.

However, due to coming down with a nasty bout of flu recently and other sundry commitments, I wasn't able to undertake writing the necessary four or five blog posts… In lieu of this, however, I will simply present my (unordered and unadorned) highlights for now. Do get in touch if this (or any of my previous posts) have spurred you into picking something up yourself…


Peter Watts: Blindsight (2006)
Reymer Banham: Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies (2006)
Joanne McNeil: Lurking: How a Person Became a User (2020)
J. L. Carr: A Month in the Country (1980)
Hilary Mantel: A Memoir of My Former Self: A Life in Writing (2023)
Adam Higginbotham: Midnight in Chernobyl (2019)
Tony Judt: Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (2005)
Tony Judt: Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century (2008)
Peter Apps: Show Me the Bodies: How We Let Grenfell Happen (2021)
Joan Didion: Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968)
Erik Larson: The Devil in the White City (2003)


Recent releases

Unenjoyable experiences included Alejandro Gómez Monteverde's Sound of Freedom (2023), Alex Garland's Men (2022) and Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans (2022).

Older releases

(Films released before 2022, and not including rewatches from previous years.)

Distinctly unenjoyable watches included Ocean's Eleven (1960), El Topo (1970), Léolo (1992), Hotel Mumbai (2018), Bulworth (1998) and and The Big Red One (1980).

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