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Top Ten Writer's Reads


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Tim Mackintosh-Smith is a British Arabist who lives in Sana'a, Yemen. The latest in his series of books about the traveller Ibn Battutah, Landfalls: On the Edge of Islam with Ibn Battutah, is out now

1. THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON

by James Boswell

(3.99 [pounds sterling], WORDSWORTH EDITIONS)

Not only the greatest biography ever, but that of one of the cleverest, funniest and most lovable men who ever lived

2. THE MAJOR WORKS

by Sir Thomas Browne

(PENGUIN CLASSICS, 15.99 [pounds sterling])

Contemplations on life, death, history and eternity, in some of the most thrilling English prose in existence

3. CASTING THE RUNES AND OTHER GHOST STORIES

by MR James

(OXFORD WORLD'S CLASSICS, 7.99 [pounds sterling])

As James says of one of his ghosts: 'Its one power was that of terrifying'

4. JOURNALS OF A LANDSCAPE PAINTER IN GREECE AND ALBANIA

by Edward Lear (OUT OF PRINT)

Tennyson said it all: 'I read and felt that I was there'

5. FULL TILT

by Dervla Murphy (ELAND, 12.99 [pounds sterling])

Even before chapter one, she's shot a wolf and seen off a Kurdish rapist with another bullet. …

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