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Episode 69: New Year Special

Broadcast 28 January, 2020

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For January's show, Louise and Jack are joined by two children's publishing insiders - Pari Thomson and Charlie Morris - to look back at some of the best books of 2019, as well as some of those you can look forward to in 2020. Plus an insight into what it's like working in the world of children's books.


Our guests

Pari Thomson

Charlie Morris


Favourite books from 2019

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grahan

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Bloom by Nicola Skinner, illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino (and forthcoming new book Storm)

The Golden Butterfly by Sharon Gosling (and forthcoming new book The House of Hidden Wonders)

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Books to look out for in 2020

Pests by Emer Stamp

Do Not Disturb the Dragons by Michelle Robinson and Sharon Davey

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by LD Lapinski

Agent Zaiba Investigates by Annabelle Sami

Double Detectives Medical Mystery: A Cure for Crime by Roopa Farooki

Aneesha, Accidental Detective by Serena Patel and Emma McCann

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

Small Town Hero by Patrick Neate


Find out more

The Branford Boase Award

Listen to our interview with Alex Wheatle


Image from the cover of Bloom by Nicola Skinner, illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino (HarperCollins Children's Books)