Summer reading

The papers all magically decided that this was the weekend to publish recommendations for summer reading. My holiday is still a few weeks away but it’s never too soon to start planning which books to take.

In my in-pile I’ve got some suitable paperbacks.

 by Robert Macfarlane

[amazon_image id=”0141030585″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot[/amazon_image]

 by Anne Applebaum

 by Ford Madox Ford (bought after the brilliant TV drama, and not yet read)

[amazon_image id=”1849904936″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Parade’s End[/amazon_image]

 by Herodotus (a 2nd hand book also in the pile for some time)

That’s nowhere near enough so I’m planning to by some of:

 by Tristram Hunt

[amazon_image id=”075381983X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City[/amazon_image]

 by Andrew Blum

y by Amit Chauduri

[amazon_image id=”1908526173″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Calcutta: Two Years in the City[/amazon_image]

by Javier Marias (I loved his earlier trilogy,

[amazon_image id=”0241145376″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Infatuations[/amazon_image]

Any other recommendations, folks? A strong preference for paperbacks, and some detective fiction ideas needed.


8 thoughts on “Summer reading

  1. My favourite writer of detective stories/thrillers is Robert Goddard; real page turners.

  2. Hobsbawm’s Fractured Times looks very interesting and the Mammoth Book of Time Travel surely will tell us how to move forward

  3. I am currently reading The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution by Keith Devlin, and I thoroughly recommend. On the surface, it is a book about the life of mathematician Leonardo Pisano but, really, it is a wonderful description of how arithmetic systems evolved. Written in a very accessible way.

  4. I think you should read Michael Woodford’s Exposure – the former Olympus CEO’s gripping tale of uncovering massive fraud at his company and the battle with corporate Japan that followed. (I can probably lend it to you if you ask nicely…)

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