One of his six favorite books, as told to the Daily Express:
War and PeaceRead about another book on the list.
by Leo Tolstoy
It’s the daddy of all family dramas and great historical events blockbusters.
It’s never been bettered. It details the aspirations, loves, mistakes, joys and tragedies of family life with great empathy and truthfulness but also pits the individual against the great sweep of history.
I’ve read it three times and aim for at least two more.
War and Peace also appears among Stella Tillyard's four favorite historical novels, Ann Shevchenko's top ten novels set in Moscow, Karl Marlantes' top ten war stories, Niall Ferguson's five most important books, Norman Mailer's top ten works of literature, and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best battles in literature, ten of the best floggings in fiction, and ten of the best literary explosions.