- The Baroque Cycle
- Travels With Epicurus
- The Image Men
- I Drink Therefore I Am
- I Claudius
- The 100 Year Old Man
- Why Nations Fail
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
- The God Delusion
I read the Baroque Cycle as a trilogy carried on my Kindle as I hacked my way up several Himalayan peaks, an easy way to pass time as we waited for it to stop snowing. It is a tough read at first but I had to keep going as I had nothing else to do inside a tent or mountain lodge!
Travels with Epicurus I read fairly recently a couple of years ago, the prospect of living on a remote Greek island for a year and philosophising about my own life appealed to me, but not to Dr C!
The Image Men I read shortly after university, its an old book but with a concept years ahead of its time. Nowadays JB Priestly would have called it The Spin Doctors!
I Drink Therefore I am is by the recently deceased Sir Roger Scruton, a great English philosopher who was also a wine lover. Its very funny in parts.
I Claudius by Robert Graves, a classic, as was the TV series many years ago starring Derek Jacobi in the ttt title role!
The 100 Year Old Man Who Jumped Out of a Window And Disappeared is one I read a week or so ago and it is one of the funniest novels I have read. Straight into my Top 10.
Longitude is a true story and a movie on Youtube, its about John Harrison who developed the method of longitude measurement for ships at sea. Its a cracker of a story and full of political intrigue, human determination and elitism from various powers lined against him.
Why Nations Fail is extremely enlightening and virtually destroys the myth that overseas aid funding (except for disasters) is a complete waste of money! I read this about 10 years ago during our time running an education aid NGO in Kathmandu and started to realise that there were forces working against us I could never overcome.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a hat is a comical but sad series of clinical cases from Oliver Sachs, describing how a whole range of brain disorders can affect specific behaviours in very bizarre ways. I read it during my second university stint studying psychology, but it is written in everyday language for non psychologists.
The God Delusion is an extremely famous book, if you haven’t heard of it or its author I would be very surprised! Richard Dawkins pulls no punches in his debunking of the existence of God, or any god for that matter. It’s a Darwinian perspective that pierces many of the beliefs within Christianity and Islam, though he has a sympathetic word for the philosophy of Buddhism, which is why I read it quite a few years ago!