Natalie Haynes' Top Picks

Per Hay Festival

Per Hay Festival

Natalie Haynes has dedicated her career to making the Classics accessible, through her books, broadcasting and stand-up comedy. Her first book The Ancient Guide to Modern Life emphasised the many parallels between the ancient and modern worlds, and her first novel The Amber Fury tells the story of an exasperated teacher at a Pupil Referral Unit who turns to the Classics to reach her students. More recently, Natalie has been reimagining Greek myths in Pandora's Jar and the upcoming Stone Blind. Here are her recommended reads from the Hay Festival 2022 programme...

Hope on the Horizon: A children's handbook on empathy, kindness and making a better world

Onjali Q. Rauf, Pippa Curnick, et al.

9,99 鈧 9,49 鈧

I saw Onjali talk about this at the Hay launch and all I can say is book her for all your gigs, buy all her books.

Black and British: An Illustrated History

David Olusoga, Jake Alexander, et al.

16,99 鈧 16,14 鈧

David is an essential writer and broadcaster. We鈥檙e lucky he exists.


Stephanie Merritt

14,99 鈧 14,24 鈧

I need a day off, a comfy chair, cleaner spectacles than I currently have, and this novel.

The Candy House

Jennifer Egan

20,00 鈧 19,00 鈧

I have been waiting for this book like a child waits for Christmas.

Butler to the World: The book the oligarchs don't want you to read - how Britain became the servant of tycoons, tax dodgers, kle

Oliver Bullough

20,00 鈧 19,00 鈧

If you read the papers or listen to the radio, you鈥檝e been informed by Oliver: Britain has to resolve its habit of taking bad money from worse people.

Birds and Us: A 12,000 Year History, from Cave Art to Conservation

Tim Birkhead

25,00 鈧 23,75 鈧

I have an excellent book about Birds in the Ancient World by Jeremy Mynott. Would not mind more history of birds and this looks like the thing.

Fix the System, Not the Women


12,99 鈧 12,34 鈧

This needs no explanation. Laura is a straight-up hero.

Elizabeth Finch: From the Booker Prize-winning author of THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

Julian Barnes

16,99 鈧 16,14 鈧

I read an early proof of this, it is quietly magnificent.