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Lord and Lady Eftie Nudge have been racing all week. They flew the Castle Coop flag for us all at Royal Ascot.
I am delighted to feature ‘A Stylish Selection of Ascot Hats’ below so we can all enjoy seeing the remarkable headgear Lady Nudge wore throughout the Royal Ascot week.
Picture source: Lady Eftie Nudge
If you look hard enough at the pictures of Ascot race-goers in this link below
perhaps you’ll see Lady Nudge waving from a box near the Queen’s one in the Royal Enclosure.
Yours wondering if I should take up hat-wearing (although my social events mostly take place chatting by the supermarket check-out).Read More
The outgoing Eton Headmaster, Tony Little has drawn up a list of books which he believes every bright 16-year-old should read.
Unfortunately, just looking at his list makes my brain feel as if it’s overheating.
Those born in 1999 (c. 400,000 in the UK alone), for most of whom this list has been specifically dreamed up, must be wunderkinder !
Or maybe one or two bright 16 year olds will read his recommendations and feel dizzy too… What do you think? Take a look at Tony Little’s recommended titles…
Gulliver’s Travels– Jonathan Swift
David Copperfield– Charles Dickens
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
Literature in Translation:
The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Tschick – Wolfgang Herrndorf
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino
The Sin/Crime of Father Amaro – José Maria de Eça de Queirós
Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami
Wolf Totem – Jiang Rong
Beirut 39 – Samuel Shimon and Hanan Al-Shaykh
Bad Science – Ben Goldacre
The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny and Globalisation’s Rough Landscape – Matt Ridley
Six Easy Pieces – Richard Feynman
Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
Rethinking Life and Death – Peter Singer
The Case for Religion – Keith Ward
The Sea of Faith – Don Cupitt
History of Art:
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling – Ross King
The Story of Art – Ernst Gombrich
Blimey! – From Bohemia to BritPop – Matthew Collings
The Horse’s Mouth – Joyce Cary
The First Crusade: The Call from the East – Peter Frankopan
The Realities Behind Diplomacy – Paul Dennedy
Almost Everyone’s Guide to Economics – J K Galbraith
The Affluent Society – J K Galbraith
In Defence of Politics – Bernard Crick
The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny and Globalisation’s Rough Landscape – Harm de Blij
On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks – Simon Garfield
The Iliad – Homer trans. Martin Hammond
Confronting the Classics – Traditions, Adventures and Innovations – Mary Beard
To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite – Eli Maor
Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing – David Harel and Yishai Feldman
A Very Short Introduction – Nicholas Cook
The Language of Things – Deyan Sudjic
& as a Breakfast time Bonus:
Cereal Packets – ‘Children should be encouraged to read from their cereal boxes at breakfast time, the headmaster of Britain’s most prestigious private school has claimed. ‘ Source: The Daily Mail
Just think of today’s lucky 16 year olds who get to hide all these riverting reads under their desks during latin lessons.
If only ‘The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny and Globalisation’s Rough Landscape ‘ had been published when I was young, I’m quite sure I should now have an improved mind. Alas, books such as ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird‘ made up my 16 year old reading diet; I can see now that they simply do not cut the mustard.
I could kick myself – why oh why did I not think to read ‘The Realities Behind Diplomacy’ instead of wasting my time with ‘Anna Karenina‘? To think I never even had the nouce to take up cereal packet reading to build up my reading stamina muscles..!
Mr. Little’s booklist is to be found in a tome he has written called, ‘ An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education ’, which is currently being serialised in The Times. Unfortunately, I can’t even understand the title.
Please could somebody enlighten me – does the ‘intelligent person ‘ in the title refer to the author (Tony Little ) or the reader?
Much as I’d like to think it’s the latter, since this reading list has outed me as a total thicko, I’m assuming it’s the former.
Yours, wondering – since this list has been drawn up with ‘bright’ 16 year olds in mind – which books should the precociously intellectual teenager be asking for at the library?