Francis Beckett is an author, journalist, broadcaster and contemporary historian. His books include Gordon Brown, The Great City Academy Fraud and Clem Atlee.
Francis Beckett is an author, journalist, broadcaster and contemporary historian. His books include Gordon Brown, The Great City Academy Fraud and Clem Atlee. His latest book, What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us?, argues that the children of the sixties inherited the good society from earlier generations, but through ignorance and foolishness, trashed it. He is an expert on Prime Ministers, having written biographies of four of them – Attlee, Macmillan, Blair and Brown, edited a series of shorts called The 20 Prime Ministers of the Twentieth Century for Haus Publishing, and edited a counterfactual book, The Prime Ministers Who Never Were, for Biteback.
1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - this book manages to have a foot in every contemporary debate, while keeping the reader in terrified suspense as well.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - no one is better at understanding human motivations.
3. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene - it makes you laugh out loud – especially if you read it in Havana, as I did, while taking a mojito in the bars it mentions.