His suggestions for David Miliband, the Labour leadership contender and former foreign secretary:
1. The Quiet American by Graham GreenRead about more suggested books on McCrum's lists.
2. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
3. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Quiet American is among Malcolm Pryce's top ten expatriate tales, Catherine Sampson's top ten Asian crime fiction, and Pauline Melvilles' top 10 revolutionary tales.