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Lowy staff talk about the year in books


Allan Gyngell

17 December 2007 14:57

EDITOR'S NOTE: This week we'll publish a series of posts by Lowy Institute staff on their picks for best books of the year, and what they will be reading over summer. We start today with our Executive Director, Allan Gyngell. 

The Dutch journalist Geert Mak’s In Europe: Travels Through the 20th Century, is a wonderful, mature, reflection on the continent on which so much of that unlamented century’s history – both tragic and hopeful – was played out. I greatly enjoyed new books by two of the year’s Lowy Institute speakers:  Professor Michael Wesley’s The Howard Paradox is fresh and non-polemical account of Australian foreign policy in Asia under the last government, whilst Lucinda Holdforth’s witty and elegant essay Why Manners Matter should be required reading for the modern citizen.  And, although it came out in 2006, Kiran Desai’s complex, tragic novel The Inheritance of Loss, about post-colonialism, exile and change, is a stunning achievement by a brilliant young writer.