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Simon Sebag Montefiore’s summer reading list

Fiction, Non Fiction, Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Editor - July 20th, 2011

The critically acclaimed author of Jerusalem: The Biography shares his top six for this year’s summer reading …

Bismarck by Jonathan Steinberg

The new biography of the iron chancellor brings this dark, semi-insane and brilliant character to life

Rivers of Gold by Hugh Thomas

The second volume of Thomas’s history of the Spanish Empire: both simply magisterial

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

A superb, gripping and darkly funny novel

The Great Sea by David Abulafia

An outstanding history of the Mediterranean that I couldn’t put down

The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

A Proustian memoir of a Jewish family which moves from Vienna and Odessa to Paris and Japan

Levant by Philip Mansel

An amazing chronicle of the great Levantine cities from Alexandria to Salonika

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