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Best Reads

Find below some of my favourite reading material and books, in no particular order.

1. The Economist - Great mix of politics, technology, business and general topics. My weekly subscription has continued for years. Every Saturday The Economist appears in my postbox.

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - A writing style that flows. Furthermore it opens up life in Aghanistan to the reader by bringing to life the tale of two women whose circumstances and fates entwince.

3. 1000 Great Event by Lynne Sabel and Phillip Steele - I stole this book from a library when I was young. A kleptomaniac. Wikipedia did not exist then. I read this book from cover to cover and back again. Such was my appetite that I could recall all dates and articles from memory. Memory all gone now.

4. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Wonderful piece literature; I recall reading the version with illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Brilliant ending: “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

5. The Tintin Series by Herge - I have them all on my bookshelf, from Land of the Soviets to Alph-Art. I read them during my childhood and continued to discover new angles and text as an adult. And the drawings in the signature ligne claire style - as impressive as the stories themselves.

6. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - A magnum opus of world literature which captures life in an African village and the onset of colonialism.

7. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl - A short story, but possibly the best short story I had ever read. A tale within a tale and I even wondered if it were true. I recall having bought a book from a traveling ship named Doulos - an excellent purchase!