Post by Sir Tim Post by Bigbird
I hope you are not finding it too tricky. What have you been
reading? I could do with a couple of recommendations.
I’m currently reading the second volume of “Britains War” by Daniel
Todman, don’t know that I would recommend it though - much
fascinating political and social history but very long, prolix and
overburdened with facts and figures. I did very much enjoy Hilary
Mantel’s latest: “The Mirror and the Light”. In stressful times like
these I also find it comforting to re-read old favourites.
I tend to listen far more than read nowadays so, funnily enough, I find
books that are generally interesting but that I would have found a bit
of a dull read quite a good thing to have on doing other things... as
long as they are well narrated. (I doubt I would want to have read more
than a couple of the Aubrey-Maturin novels but the 21 made a great
companion for weeks.)
I am currently listening to Barbara Tuchman's books revolving around
WW1. Excellently narrated by Nadia May. I wouldn't be surprised if you
have already read them.
I am sure The Zimmerman Telegram would make a good read. The way
Tuchman tells us of current events in 1917 and then fills in the
background keeps what could be a dull chronology interesting. The
meddling Germany was doing in the far east to keep America out of the
war wasn't something I had ever come across or thought about. I see in
it a great many parallels to how Russia manipulates the US now.
I am half way through "The Guns of August". Makes me feel rather
ignorant to know so little of how events unfolded.
I shall continue with this combination of Author and Narraror for
several more book I think.