books — an infinite pleasure
My primary delight for reading is a well written novel. For me the current masters of fiction are Iain Banks [whether writing general fiction or science fiction], Alan Hollinghurst; Patrick Gale; Salley Vickers; Ian McEwen; Elizabeth Knox; William Gibson; Ethan Mordden; Michael Chabon; Robert Dessaix; David Mitchell … and then there are many others who i ought to mention – but that really needs a list of another order.
A few titles: The Vintner’s Luck; Look to Windward; Dead Air; Pattern Recognition; Miss Garnet’s Angel; The Line of Beauty; The Divided World; A Home at the End of the World; The Way I Found Her; Flaubert’s Parrot; Night Letters; Amsterdam; Fragrant Harbour; Venice Adriana; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Friendly Fire; His Dark Materials; …
However a cogent article on current affairs or something significant to our lives also delights, as can [non-exhaustive nor exhausting] biography and certain histories. A Short History of Nearly Everything: Bill Bryson’s lucid romp should be regarded as required reading by everyone who cares about, everyone who has any genuine interest in, the history and development of humankind and what we know.