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  • My top 10 nonfic

    Mon, 04 Jul 2011 08:17

    It's Discovery week here at our Summer festival. Here's my pick of a top ten. What's your discoveries?

    What is History because it tells you how to read history. You'll never read a history book in the same way again. The Braudel because it is one of the finest histories you'll read. The Freud because he was the most influential figure of the 20th century and fundamentally changed the way we see ourselves. The Marx biography because it's a brilliantly accessible introduction into his thinking without being weighed down by all the bogeyman nonsense. The Barthes because you'll never look at a toaster or a laptop or a tennis match or anything in the same way again. The Benjamin because it deals with what is authentic, in every respect. The Banham because for me, Los Angeles is the most complete city in the world. The Tufte because it is one of the most beautiful books ever produced as well as one of the most challenging in our visually literate age. The Riefenstahl because of the incongruity of reading one of the most extraordinary lives of the 20th century in all its glory and horror whilst on a palm fringed beach in the South Pacific. The Hopkins because it reminds be of being 16 again. But mostly, because all of these discoveries opened so many doors for me that I am forever in their debt.

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