This week is Friday the Thirteenth – even more ominously, it’s the day after you-know-what. Will you be celebrating, or drowning your sorrows? Choose a better, politics-free way to spend your Friday evening, at the Philosophical Society’s final meeting before Christmas – the traditional “Desert Island Books” talk.
It’s been very difficult to choose 8 favourite books. I’ve picked a selection which I’d enjoy re-reading and would provide some intellectual stimulus while I’m in exile. As it turns out, they also reflect different periods and interests in my life, from ‘child bookworm’ haunting the library, through to today, when infinite reading material is available at the press of a button. As for choosing a single piece of music…. well that’s been much harder”.