Our 2020 favourites

We’re sharing our favourite films, books, TV and audio of the year. Because we all know the 2020 has given us PLENTY of time to consume new content. Thanks for joining us this year and for supporting us. We can’t wait to be back in your ear holes in 2021 for Season 6.

Adult fiction


  • Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (listen to the interview)
  • The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke
  • All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton


  • The Cows by Dawn O’Porter (and her second novel So Lucky)
  • The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig



  • Palm Springs
  • Enola Holmes
  • Miss Americana


  • Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga
  • Spenser Confidential
  • Ready Player One



  • Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
  • Julie and the Phantoms
  • Why Women Kill


  • Grantchester
  • Sex Education
  • Inside No 9



  • Taylor Swift: Folklore/Evermore
  • Office Ladies
  • Rom Com Pods


  • Just the Gist podcast
  • Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling audiobook by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
  • Evil Genius podcast

Young Adult


  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • How it All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi (listen to the interview)


About the Podcast

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About your hosts

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Caitlin Toohey

Hi, I'm Caitlin! I've been on bookstagram since 2016, a podcaster since 2017, and worked in publishing since 2019. So books and reading are my entire life. When I'm not reading, I like listening to Taylor Swift, watching sitcoms, and generally being a theatre kid.
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Michelle Gately

Hi, I'm Michelle! I'm an Aussie living in the UK, working as a bookseller at Waterstones. I'm obsessed with storytelling in all its forms – I spend as much time watching TV or listening to podcasts as I do reading. Other hobbies include bouldering, hiking and generally obsessing about my pug Percy.