David's Spring Collection

David has gone to Scotland to celebrate spring (and his birthday). Here are the titles he’s hoping to read while he’s having a wee dram.

Not to Read

Alejandro Zambra

From the publisher:

Over the course of the chronicles and literary essays that make up this volume, Alejandro Zambra outlines his own particular theory of reading.

How Shostakovich Changed My Mind

Stephen Johnson

From the publisher:

BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson explores the power of Shostakovich’s music during Stalin’s reign of terror, and writes of the extraordinary healing effect of music ...

Painter to the King

Amy Sackville

From the publisher:

This is a portrait of Diego Velazquez, from his arrival at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, to his death 38 years and scores of paintings later. It is a portrait of a ...

How Democracy Ends

David Runciman

From the publisher:

Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We think we know what that looks like: chaos descends and the military arrives to restore order, until the people ...