Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
The discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive author who may or may not still be alive...This book was a real page-turner. I couldn't put it down.
Amitav Ghosh: The Hungry Tide
The Hungry Tide is a rich, exotic saga set in Calcutta and in the vast archipelago of islands in the Bay of Bengal. Beautifully written and believable, well-rounded characters.
Michela Wrong: In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz
Wonderfully written and an interesting portayal of the Congo and its extraordinary dictator Mobutu. The sheer level of corruption that took place under Mobutu means that in some ways this book reads as fiction rather than fact.
William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
We're in it....
Ryszard Kapuscinski: The Emperor
Personal insights into Haile Selassie's reign from all the people closest to him...from his pillow-bearers to his spies.