My life in books

25th February 2011 at 00:00
Jeremy Stowe-Lindner is head of JCoSS, the Jewish Community Secondary School in north London

What I'm reading

A Journey

By Tony Blair

Love him or hate him, Tony Blair is an icon of our times. Unusually for an autobiography, A Journey is thematic in structure. Well-written and entertaining, this book leaves no stone unturned in its unapologetic analysis of New Labour. From serious debate of education policy through to his wry eye for detail when staying at Balmoral, this book puts Blair in a very human context.

The book I loved as a child

The Jennings Series

By Anthony Buckeridge

I was introduced to Jennings by my grandmother when I found some old Jennings books propping up plants in her greenhouse. Buckeridge's tales of two boys, Jennings and his more cautious companion Darbishire, in their prep boarding schools are time-enduring tales of a bygone age. The boys get themselves into all sorts of scrapes involving the stern Old Wilkie, the affable and ever-tolerant Mr Carter and the towering headmaster, wonderfully named as Mr MWB Pemberton-Oakes MA (Oxon). These lovely stories are a must for any youngster.

Read this before you die

The Dark Valley

By Piers Brendon

Piers Brendon's masterpiece on the 1930s merges beautifully written prose with outstanding historical scholarship. Mixing chronology with a country-by-country analysis, the author weaves a fascinating account of this crucial period, providing anecdotes and character sketches which bring every page to life. Brendon focuses on ordinary people as well as political elites, emphasising the impact of power-brokers' decisions on the masses.

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