I tend to read a strange mixture of books, and have been on a fairly hefty non-fiction diet for a while, but here are some of the recent highlights:
- Editor – a memoir by Max Hastings. This is one of my current reads, and is a wonderful exploration of the stress and excitement that Max Hastings experienced at the Daily Telegraph.
- Seize The Fire – Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar by Adam Nicolson. The grim reality of life above and below decks is starkly portrayed in this brilliantly detailed work.
- Roaring Boys – Shakespeare’s Rat Pack by Judith Cook, brings the world of Shakespearian England to life in a fast, and gripping fashion exposing the lives of the ambitious young men that helped shape the stage as we know it.
- Warrior Race – A History of the British at War by Lawrence James. Still working my way through this highly detailed tome.
- Born Fighting – How the Scots-Irish shaped America by James Webb. A fascinating combination of family history and cultural history. (Webb for Senate)
- Week-end Wodehouse by P.G. Wodehouse, because sometimes you just need to curl up with a good book.
- Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, one of the few works of fiction I’ve read this year, and an instant Disk World classic.
- Flat Out, Flat Broke – Formula 1 the Hard Way! by Perry McCarthy. A book everyone should read, even if they don’t understand the thrill of motorsport. The life of the original Stig from Top Gear is a high speed rush, a fight against the odds from a guy who refused to give up.