Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

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Michael McCarthy has been environment editor for the Independent for the past 11 years, having previously had a si+milar role at The Times. His latest book, Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo, is out now

1. MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN BY MARGUERITE YOURCENAR (FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX, US$15)

An imaginative and convincing re-creation of the Roman emperor

2. COGAN'S TRADE BY GEORGE V HIGGINS (OUT OF PRINT)

Faultless crime novel--brutal, realistic, moving--by the writer who found fame with The Friends of Eddie Coyle

3. NOT LOVE PERHAPS BY ASJ TESSIMOND (FABER FINDS, 9 [pounds sterling])

A wonderful collection by the 20th century's best unknown English poet

4. STALINGRAD BY ANTHONY BEEVOR (PENGUIN, 9.99 [pounds sterling])

The Second World War's turning point. So terrifying that you almost end up feeling sorry for the Germans. Almost

S. TWELFTH NIGHT BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (PENGUIN CLASSICS, 2 [pounds sterling])

For me, the perfect written work of art, exquisite in its bittersweet balance

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