Posted by: Kash Farooq | December 19, 2011

The Little Atoms 2011 Top 10 Book List

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Neil Denny, the host of the excellent Little Atoms podcast and radio show (broadcast on Resonance FM), reads a lot of books.

The other day he tweeted:

“Short of gift ideas for Christmas? I’m going to tweet a list of my 10 favorite books that we’ve covered on @littleatoms this year.

A caveat, I only book people who I like and who’s books I want to read, that’s a strict policy, so everyone who comes on the show is great!”

But anyway, in a whole year there’s got to be some favorites, so here they are. In order of appearance on the show, not order of preference.”

As Neil doesn’t have a blog, I volunteered to host his book list.

Little Atoms Top Books of 2011

Written in Stone by Brian Switek: “The hidden secrets of fossils and the story of life on Earth.”

The Way of the Panda by Henry Nicholls: “The extraordinary impact of the panda – from obscurity to fame – a story of China’s transition from shy beginnings to centre stage.”

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson: “From the author of Them and The Men Who Stare at Goats, a book exploring the psychopath . . .”

The Revolution Will be Digitised by Heather Brooke: “Timely and gripping Investigation of how the internet is transforming politics by award-winning journalist Heather Brooke.”

Little Atoms Top Books of 2011

33 Revolutions Per Minute by Dorian Lynskey: “An astounding history of protest music, told through 33 momentous songs.”

Incognito by David Eagleman: “Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synaesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.”

Red Plenty by Francis Spufford: “What if the Soviet ‘miracle’ had worked, and the communists had discovered the secret to prosperity, progress and happiness…?”

Geek Nation by Angela Saini: “Through witty first-hand reportage and penetrative analysis, Geek Nation explains what this means for the rest of the world, and how a spiritual nation squares its soul with hard rationality. Full of curious, colourful characters and gripping stories, it describes India through its people – a nation of geeks.”

Free Radicals by Michael Brooks: “Scientists present themselves as cool, logical and level-headed, but the truth is they will do anything: take drugs, steal, lie and even cheat – in the pursuit of new discoveries.”

The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth: “The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth’s Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words. It’s an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.”


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