What's Phil been reading?

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By Mr Books Bookshop

Here's the list of new and older books I've been reading (and enjoyed)

Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life

Peter Godfrey-Smith

£9.99 £9.29

Fascinating look at what constitutes intelligence (warning: contains a shocking fact about octopus lives...)

Dad, the Donkey's on Fire

Ian McMillan

£9.94 £9.24

Ian McMillan - more than a friendly voice on Radio 4, a philosopher and thought provoker.

Piranesi: 'Spectacular' The Times

Susanna Clarke

£14.99 £13.94

I loved Johnathan Strange & Mr Norrell and this drew me in from the start. Don't spoil it for me, I don't know who the biscuit tin man is yet!


Jan Morris

£10.99 £10.22

Beautiful classic from Jan Morris, a pioneer in many ways. Now sadly gone, but this book will live forever.


Peter Ackroyd

£16.98 £15.79

Runs Jan Morris a (fairly) close second. Evocative and fascinating.

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Adam Kay

£9.99 £9.29

Unputdownable. Funny and eye-watering. Not for the squeamish, but goodness, it makes you admire medical professionals.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Sophie Rickard

£14.99 £13.94

This illustrated version tells the tale in an easily accessible way. Should be compulsory reading in all schools.

100 Things I Meant to Tell You

Arthur Smith

£12.99 £12.08

Funny man, entertaining and humane book. We were lucky to be able to chat to him on our podcast.

I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals

Liam Drew

£9.99 £9.29

Liam's fascinating exploration of what makes us and all mammals...well, mammals. Some brilliant facts in here (and Liam was another podcast guest)

A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

Patrick Leigh Fermor

£10.99 £10.22

Another evocative travel book - and only the start of an epic journey that could only have been completed in the 1930s. But what a time to cross Europe!

One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days

Giles Paley-Phillips

£12.99 £12.08

A beautiful, poetic, insight into a boy's life as his mother is ill and his Dad and Nana struggle to cope.

Phil's reading list