2012 Culture

The films I’ve seen this year:

  • January – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • February – The Woman in Black
  • March – The Artist
  • April – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The shows I’ve been to this year:

    • January – Swallows and Amazons (based on the book by Arthur Ransome)
    • February – The Pitmen Painters (by Lee Hall)
    • March – One Man Two Guvnors (by Richard Bean)
    • April – Billy Elliot (by Lee Hall)
    • April – She Stoops to Conquer (by Oliver Goldsmith)
    • May – Here (by Michael Frayn)
    • May – The Cherry Orchard (by Anton Chekhov)
    • May – What the Butler Saw (by Joe Orton)
    • June – Abigail’s Party (by Mike Leigh)
    • October – Blood Brothers (by Willy Russell)
    • October – The Second Mrs Tanqueray (by Arthur W Pinero)
    • October – Michael Palin in conversation
    • December – Aladdin

The books I’ve read this year:

  • Florence and Giles by John Harding
  • Adult Learners’ Guide to Spelling by Anne Betteridge (NF)
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
  • Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill
  • The Hunt in the Forest by John Burnside
  • The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
  • The Bestseller by Stephen Leather
  • The Joy of Talk by Kit Fraser (NF)
  • The Maeve Binchy Writers’ Club by Maeve Binchy (NF)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Deaf Sentence by David Lodge
  • The Report by Jessica Francis Kane
  • City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • Le Bal by Irene Nemirovsky
  • Bad Attitudes by Agnes Owens
  • The Child Inside by Suzanne Bugler
  • Organize Yourself by Ronni Eisenberg (NF)
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Invention of Dr Cake by Andrew Motion
  • A Kind Man by Susan Hill
  • Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson
  • Secret by Philippe Grimbert
  • The Woman in the Fifth by Douglas Kennedy
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M C Beaton
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Fifteen Minute Rule by Caroline Buchanan (NF)
  • Talking It Over by Julian Barnes
  • SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) by Paul McGee (NF)
  • Sew Your Own by John-Paul Flintoff (NF)
  • Truth to Tell by Mavis Cheek
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (NF)
  • The Accidental by Ali Smith
  • The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama (NF)
  • Today by David Miller
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
  • Breakfast at the Hotel Deja Vu by Paul Torday
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  • The Idle Traveller: The Art of Slow Travel (NF)
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (audio book)
  • Rip it up by Richard Wiseman (NF)
  • The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson (NF)
  • How it all Began by Penelope Lively (audio book)
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (NF)
  • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray (NF)
  • Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play by Mark Forster (NF)
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  • N-W by Zadie Smith
  • Bullet Points by Mark Watson
  • Fifty Sheds of Grey by C T Grey
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (NF)
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