Thursday 26 Nov 2020 | 00:30 | SYDNEY
Thursday 26 Nov 2020 | 00:30 | SYDNEY

Lowy staff talk about the year in books (part 5)


Michael Fullilove


19 December 2007 15:01

As my wife is about to give birth to our second child, it would be overly optimistic for me to compile a Christmas reading list. Nevertheless, there are a good number of books on my bedside table. I recently finished William Dalrymple’s marvellous account of his travels through the ruins of Eastern Christianity, From the Holy Mountain. Normally I don’t like travel writing but I make an exception for Dalrymple. In preparation for our forthcoming move to Washington, DC, I’ve got John Lukacs’s new study of the American foreign policy sage, George Kennan. On the fiction side of the house, I have just read Charles McCarry's dark spy novel, Christopher's Ghosts, and I'm looking forward to Robert Harris' new political thriller about a recently retired British prime minister, The Ghost. In the pursuit of light-hearted hijinks that have nothing at all to do with international policy, I've also picked up Boris Akunin's new Erast Fandorin adventure, Special Assignments, and Arturo Pérez-Reverte's latest romp featuring Captain Alatriste, The Sun Over Breda.