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Summer reading

21 July 2011

12:36 PM

21 July 2011

12:36 PM

It’s a tradition of the British summer. A Tory MP produces a summer reading list of weighty and worthy tomes to co-incide with the summer recess. This year, Keith Simpson has compiled the
list, and as you can see it’s long as your arm. Spectator Book Blog contributor Nik Darlington has made a few selections from the list. And of course, we’d like CoffeeHousers’ recommendations too.


Alastair Campbell, Diaries Vol. II: Power and the
 and Diaries Vol. III: Power & Responsibility.

Peter Catterall (editor), The Macmillan Diaries
Vol. II: Prime Minister and After, 1957-1966

Earl Ferrers, Whatever Next? Reminiscences of a journey through life.

Chris Mullin, A Walk-On Part: Diaries
, A View From The Foothills 1999-2005 and
Decline & Fall: Diaries 2005-2010.

Jonathan Powell, The New Machiavelli: How to
Wield Power in the Modern World

William Rees-Mogg, Memoirs.

Margaret Rhodes, The Final Curtsey.

Politics / Ideas:

David Brooks, The Social Animal: A Story
of How Success Happens

Ben Goldacre, Bad Science.

R.A.W. Rhodes, Everyday Life in British

David Willetts, The Pinch: How the Baby
Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – and Why They Should Give it Back

Tim Wu, The Master Switch: The Rise and
Fall of Information Empires


Rodney Bolt, As Good as God, as Clever as the
Devil: The Impossible Life of Mary Benson

Mehdi Hasan & James Macintyre, ED: The
Milibands and the making of a Labour leader

Michael Korda, Hero: The Life & Legend of
Lawrence of Arabia

Jonathan Steinberg, Bismarck: A Life.

Miles J. Unger, Machiavelli: A


David Abulafia, The Great Sea: A Human History
of the Mediterranean

Robert Bickers, Empire Made Me: An Englishman
Adrift in Shanghai
and The
Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914

Asa Briggs, Secret Days: Codebreaking in
Bletchley Park: A Memoir of Hut Six and the Enigma Machine

Peter Caddick-Adams, Monty and Rommel: Parallel

Max Egremont, Forgotten Land: Journeys Among
the Ghosts of East Prussia

Amanda Foreman, A World on Fire: An Epic History
of Two Nations Divided

Francis Fukuyama, The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the
French Revolution

David Gilmour, The Pursuit of Italy: A History
of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples

Duff Hart-Davis, The War That Never Was.

Robert C. Knapp, Invisible Romans:
Prostitutes, Outlaws, Slaves, Gladiators, Ordinary Men and Women…the Romans that History Forgot

Kwasi Kwarteng, Ghosts of Empire:
Britain’s Legacies in the Modern World

Julian Lewis, Racing Ace: The Fights and Flights
of ‘Kink’ Kinkead DSO DSC* DFC*.

Matthew Parker, The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption,
Empire and War

Bernard Porter, The Battle of the Styles: George
Gilbert Scott and the FCO

Mike Rapport, 1848: Year of Revolution.

Simon Sebag Montefiore, Jerusalem: The

Jonathan Sperber, The European
Revolutions, 1848-1851

David Stafford, Mission Accomplished: SOE
and Italy 1943-1945

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Herculaneum:
Past and Future

Stephanie Williams, Running the Show:
Governors of the British Empire 1857-1912

Military / Security:

Jay Bahadur, Deadly Waters: Inside the hidden
world of Somalia’s pirates

Rodric Braithwaite, Afgantsy: The
Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89

Sherard Cowper-Coles, Cables from Kabul:
The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign

Toby Harnden, Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards
and the Real Story of Britain’s War in Afghanistan

Andrew Murrison, Tommy This an’ Tommy

Gordon Weiss, The Cage: The fight for Sri
Lanka & the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers

Bob Woodward, Obama’s Wars: The Inside


Louise Bagshawe, Destiny.

Charles Cumming, The Trinity Six.

Alan Hollinghurst,The Stranger’s

Stella Tillyard, Tides of War.

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