Hay Festival search for the 30 best books from the last 30 years

#HAY30BOOKS: 30 recommended books from the last 30 years. 

To celebrate our 30th Hay Festival in Wales (25 May – 4 June), we want to find 30 books from the last 30 years that deserve some more attention.

These #HAY30BOOKS will be discussed and celebrated at Hay Festival Wales, at our festivals around the world – in Mexico, Peru, Spain, Colombia and Denmark – and on our digital channels throughout the year.

It’s a chance to reevaluate, rediscover, and honour the essential reads from the last 30 years across fiction and non-fiction.

It’s a tough ask, so we’ve got it started with our first 15 recommendations. Now, it’s over to you for your suggestions…

How to submit…

Send us your suggestions on Twitter @hayfestival, Facebook /hayfestival, or Instagram @hayfestival tagged #HAY30BOOKS and tell us in 30 words or less why you recommend it. Our favourite submissions will even win some #HAY30 goodies.

Anyone can submit – readers, writers, and publishers from all around the world – we want as many ideas as possible before our final 30 are revealed on the eve of Hay Festival Wales.

#HAY30BOOKS – the list so far:

1. Kid by Simon Armitage (1992)

2. Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson (2002)

3. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver (2004)

4. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006)

5. Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine (2007)

6. A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (2007)

7. The Road Home by Rose Tremain (2007)

8. Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman (2009)

9. Oblivion: A Memoir by Héctor Abad (2010)

10. How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell (2010)

11. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane (2012)

12. Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (2012)

13. Pink Mist by Owen Sheers (2013)

14. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

15. Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy (2015)

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