#HAY30BOOKS

To celebrate our 30th Hay Festival in Wales, we want to find 30 books from the last 30 years that deserve some more attention.

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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.

Following three months of public submissions, the books include:

  • A Gentle Plea for Chaos by Mirabel Osler (1989)
  • Wise Children by Angela Carter (1991)
  • Kid by Simon Armitage (1992)
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (1993)
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (1995)
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (1997)
  • Any Human Heart by William Boyd (2002)
  • Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson (2002)
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad (2002)
  • Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver (2004)
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (2004)
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (2004)
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006)
  • A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (2007)
  • Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine (2007)
  • God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (2007)
  • The Road Home by Rose Tremain (2007)
  • The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein (2007)
  • Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman (2009)
  • Oblivion: A Memoir by Héctor Abad (2010)
  • There but for the… by Ali Smith (2011)
  • How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell (2010)
  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane (2012)
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (2012)
  • Pink Mist by Owen Sheers (2013)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
  • Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy (2015)
  • ONE by Sarah Crossan (2015)
  • East West Street by Philippe Sands (2016)

Submissions for the 30th book to add to the list will continue throughout the festival’s opening weekend, before being chosen on Sunday.

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.