Monty Lockdown Reads

We had a lovely online session on 13th June 2020 discussing books, podcasts, radio shows, and music with a panel of authors who would have been appearing in person at Monty Lit Fest 2020 if lockdown hadn’t interrupted all our plans!

Hosted by our Chair, Sarah Morris, our panel consisted of Radio Producer Steve Doherty and authors Julia Forster, Alix Nathan, and Mike Parker, and with the help of our audience and panel we have compiled the following list of recommendations for your reading and listening pleasure!

Titles are listed in alphabetical order by author, links for books are to GoodReads so you can read the blurb etc. and then purchase from your favourite book store – or search your local library catalogue and put a hold on the title ready for when your library re-opens!

FictionBook Covers of our recommended Fiction MontyLockdownReads

Bloody Eisteddfod by Myfanwy Alexander

We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Band Sinister by KJ Charles

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Emperor’s Babe by Bernadine Evaristo

Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald

Maurice by EM Forster

What a Way to Go by Julia Forster

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Grits by Niall Griffiths

High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

Fool’s Sanctuary by Jennifer Johnston

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

Moby Dick by Hermann Melville

The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Blindness by José Saramago (translated by Giovanni Pontiero)

Seven for a Secret by Mary Webb

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas – read by Richard Burton

All books by Jane Austen

All books by Islwyn Ffowc Ellis


The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

The Grassling by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

Dominion by Tom Holland

Last Curtsey by Fiona MacCarthy

The Nanny State Made Me by Stuart Maconie

Pies & Prejudice by Stuart Maconie

Cider with Roadies by Stuart Maconie

For Crying Out Loud! by David Mitchell (Chester Town Crier)

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

On the Red Hill by Mike Parker

A View of Old Montgomeryshire by Pauline Phillips

Life in a Welsh Countryside by Alwyn D. Rees

Negative Capability by Michele Roberts

How to Argue with a Racist by Adam Rutherford

Bad Blood by Lorna Sage

My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Podcasts & Radio

Bravo Two Charlies – BBC Radio Comedy Show

Dear Joan & Jericha

Desolation Radio

Rule of Three

Where Should We Begin? by Esther Perel


George Herbert

Christina Rossetti

RS Thomas

The Poetry Pharmacy