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
People 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.
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
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.
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
Duff Hart-Davis, The War That Never Was.
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
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:
Rodric Braithwaite, Afgantsy: The
Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89.
Sherard Cowper-Coles, Cables from Kabul:
The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign.
Andrew Murrison, Tommy This an’ Tommy
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.