His latest novel is Cloudland.
One of his six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
The Charterhouse of Parma by StendhalRead about the other books on the list.
A novel of political intrigue that tells the life story of a 19th-century Italian nobleman as he goes to war, falls in love, and becomes enmeshed in internecine conflicts of church and state. The great scenes set at the Battle of Waterloo clearly were an inspiration to Tolstoy, whose novel was published 30 years later.
The Charterhouse of Parma is on John Mullan's list of ten of the best battles in literature; La Chartreuse de Parme is one of Claire Tomalin's five most important books.
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