I’ve been writing this blog seriously for almost a year now, so maybe its time we got to know each other a little better. So here are some of my favourite books:
Sideways- Rex Pickett
Two buddies on a stag do in wine country, this witty look at a final bacchanal before taking the plunge which is only enhanced by wine and women, blend all these fruits together and you come up with a smooth and funny tale for the ages.
Thank You For Smoking- Christopher Buckley
This was the book that got me into politics, the shear absurdity of it all, the way special interest groups have all the say on government policy, it was what made me want to be right there at the heart of it all, and its because of this book that I’m now the vice chair of the Policy and Finance Committee on one of the largest town councils in Wales.
Orcs- Stan Nicholls
It twists the fantasy genre on its head, and makes a band of orcs the heroes. And whilst I’m cheating by picking the omnibus edition, but while it is three books it is one continuing narrative so cheat I shall. Nicholls writing is of someone that understands fantasy and the English language, but isn’t afraid to play with either and which makes Orcs something that I reread at least once a year.
Night Watch- Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett is without question my favourite author and to narrow down one of his books as a favourite is an almost impossible task, but Night Watch was the first one that I ever brought with my own money, and to this day it remains the standard by which I judge all other writing.
The Family- Mario Puzo
One of my interests is history, I studied history, and always loved the court intrigues of renaissance Italy, Machiavelli remains on of my key influences throughout all of time, and his writings of his time with the Borgia court are things that have stuck with me for years, so you can probably guess that when I discovered that the author of the Godfather had written about the Borgia’s and their conquest of most of the Italian peninsula and the influence they had on Europe, you can bet your backside that this would be a permanent part of any bookcase of mine.