Many of you have reached out to me – over the years – seeking book recommendations, or asking me – who my favourite authors are.
To be honest, I don’t think I’ve simply read enough in life to be equipped to suggest/recommend but, for what its worth, here are a few that I absolutely love.
These are the books and authors that have shaped my world-view and have had a lasting and transformative influence on me. (So, my friends and family, you know who to blame!)
Books/Authors arranged genre-wise.
- Walter Isaacson – Especially, Leonardo Da Vinci, Steve Jobs, and The Code Breakers.
- Andrew Roberts – Napoleon and Churchill.
- Ramachandra Guha – Gandhi
- Barack Obama – his Autobiography.
- Roy Jenkins – Churchill.
- Ron Chernow – Alexander Hamilton.
- Trevor Noah (Born a Crime!) (Autobiography)
History (Particularly, narrative history!)
- Erik Larson (Splendid and the Vile (WW II), and Devil in the White City. I am reading the rest. I’ll read everything he’s ever written. Even his to-do list!)
- Ben Macintyre (War History, primarily. Some of his best works: Spy and the Traitor, and Agent Sonya).
- Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens, 21 Lessons. Desperately waiting for the next one!)
- Will Durant (for everything he ever wrote!)
- William Dalrymple (for his writings on the Mughals in India).
- Salman Rushdie
- Arundhati Roy
- Vikram Seth
- George Orwell
- Julian Barnes
- Manu Joseph
- Margaret Atwood.
- Shrilal Shukla
- Khalil Gibran
- Albert Camus
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Kazuo Ishiguro
- Amor Towles
- Ian McEwan
- Shashi Tharoor (The Great Indian Novel)
- Neil Gaiman
- David Sedaris (Funniest man alive!)
- PG Wodehouse.
- Stephen Fry (there’s no one wittier!. Also – the best narrator of audio books, EVER!)
- Douglas Adams
- Allie Brosh (For the writing, and the illustrations!)
- Bill Bryson (Best story teller ever!)
- Oscar Wilde.
- Thomas Hathcart and Daniel Klein (for their outrageously funny- Plato and Platypus Walk into a Bar : Understanding Philosophy through Jokes)
- Sam Harris (Atheism, Spirituality, Thinking, and on Meditation)
- Christopher Hitchens.
- Rolf Dobelli (On better thinking!)
- Daniel Kahnemann (On better thinking!)
- Benjamin Dreyer (On English)
- Siddhartha Mukherji
- Josy Joseph
- Malcolm Gladwell
And, last but not the least:
- Billy Collins
- Vikram Seth
- David Whyte
*In no particular order
PS : I’m mindful that my readings may not be diverse enough. Beginning this year, I’m making a conscious attempt to read outside my comfort zone and gather varying perspectives. Reality, after all, is often multi-sided.