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Fab 50

The following is the Writer and Critic Fab 50, a list of favourite books that Kirstyn and Ian came up with for their 50th Episode. The titles are listed in a (very) rough order of reading chronology, not necessarily personal preference.

If you'd prefer to hear their full discussion first, you can listen to the 50th Episode here.


No Flying in the House by Betty Brock (1970) [Kirstyn]

Mr Impossible by Roger Hargreaves (1976) [Ian]

Second-Hand Magic by Ruth Chew (1981) [Kirstyn]

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (1943) [Ian]
 
Scared Stiff: Tales of Sex and Death by Ramsey Campbell (1987) [Kirstyn]

The Twits by Roald Dahl (1980) [Ian]

Weaveworld by Clive Barker (1987) [Kirstyn]

Nightmare of Eden by Terrance Dicks (1980) [Ian]

The Dark Tower (series and/or novel) by Stephen King (1982-2004) [Kirstyn]

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (1898) [Ian]

Tales of Pain and Wonder by Caitlin R. Kiernan (2002) [Kirstyn]

Futuretrack Five by Robert Westall (1983) [Ian]

Playing Beattie Bow
by Ruth Park (1980) [Kirstyn]

Space Demons by Gillian Rubenstein (1985) [Ian]

Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite (1994) [Kirstyn]

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (1974) [Ian]

The Pillow Friend by Lisa Tuttle (1991) [Kirstyn]

The Caves of Klydor by Douglas Hill (1984) [Ian]

Twentieth Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (2005) [Kirstyn]

Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison (1973) [Ian]

The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy
by Barbara Vine (2006) [Kirstyn]

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell (1949) [Ian]

Skin by Kathe Koja (1993) [Kirstyn]

It by Stephen King (1986) [Ian]

Dead Sea Fruit by Kaaron Warren (2010) [Kirstyn]

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932) [Ian]

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006) [Kirstyn]

The Go-Betweeners by L. P. Hartley (1953) [Ian]

Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth
by Ben Peek (2006) [Kirstyn]

Strangers by Dean Koontz (1986) [Ian]

House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski (2000) [Kirstyn]

The Eight by Katherine Neville (1988) [Ian]

Haunted
by Chuck Palahniuk (2006) [Kirstyn]

The Light at the End
by John Skipp and Craig Spector (1986) [Ian]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (2013) [Kirstyn]

Books of Blood Vol.1 by Clive Barker (1984) [Ian]

The Limits of Enchantment by Graham Joyce (2005) [Kirstyn]

The Ideal, Genuine Man by Don Robertson (1987) [Ian]

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (2012) [Kirstyn]

"The Night They Missed The Horror Show" by Joe Lansdale (1987) [Ian]

Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall (2014) [Kirstyn]

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962) [Ian]

Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman (2009) [Kirstyn]

On Wings of Song by Thomas Disch (1979) [Ian]

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2009) [Kirstyn]

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996) [Ian]

At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson (2012) [Kirstyn]

Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk (2007) [Ian]

Lament for the Afterlife by Lisa L. Hannett (2015) [Kirstyn]

Tiny Deaths by Robert Shearman (2007) [Ian]