New Year New Books: David’s first picks for 2019

Here are some of the books I'm looking forward to reading in 2019. As a nine-year-old I was an ardent Maoist; I've softened a little since, but for my money Julia Lovell is one of the finest western interpreters of China and Chinese thought. A different Julia explores the lost continent just off the coast I grew up next to. And I can read Barry Lopez and Robert Macfarlane until the cows fly home to roost. Enjoy!

Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History

Sir Richard J. Evans

Susan Pedersen writes:

Was Eric Hobsbawm interested in himself? Not, I think, so very much. He had a more than healthy ego and enough self-knowledge to admit it, but all his curiosity was turned ...


Barry Lopez

From the publisher:

Taking us nearly from pole to pole – from modern megacities to some of the earth’s most remote regions – and across decades of lived experience, Barry Lopez gives us ...

Maoism: A Global History

Julia Lovell

From the publisher:

Maoism was a crucial motor of the Cold War: it shaped the course of the Vietnam War (and the international youth rebellions that conflict triggered) and brought to power the ...

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Robert Macfarlane

From the publisher:

The highly anticipated new book from the internationally bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Lost Words and The Old Ways ‘You’d be crazy not to read this ...