David Wishart Recommendations

Posted By Matt on Dec 13, 2016 | 0 comments


David Wishart is an author, known for his Marcus Corvinus series born in Arbroath, Scotland. He studied Classics – Latin and Greek – at Edinburgh University and after graduation taught for four years in a secondary school.
Wishart then retrained as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and worked abroad for eleven years, in Kuwait, Greece and Saudi Arabia. He returned to Scotland in 1990 and now lives in Carnoustie, mixing writing with teaching EFL, Latin and study skills at Dundee University.

Wishart has written the books, OvidGermanicus,Sejanus, The Lydian Baker,Old BonesLast RitesWhite Murder,A Vote for MurderParthian ShotFood for the FishesIn at the DeathIllegally DeadBodies Politic,
No Cause for ConcernSolid CitizensFinished BusinessTrade SecretsForeign Bodies,-All part of the Marcus Corvinus series, as well as the novels I, VirgilNero,and The Horse Coin.

 

To find out more about Wishart visit his website www.david-wishart.co.uk/

 

Here are five book recommendations from David Wishart:

-“I’ve confined myself here to books – or rather, where 4 of the 5 are concerned, to authors’ series –

which I come back to again and again.
 1.Flashman books by George Macdonald Fraser 

 

“Absolutely brilliant writing, and for me the 
perfect blend of fiction and historical fact, with a first-person-narrator anti-hero thrown in. His two 
‘McAuslan’ collections (short stories set against the background of a Scottish Highland regiment 
stationed overseas in the 1950s) are excellent, too, particularly if you happen to be a Scot yoursel
and can appreciate the humour (plus understand some of the vocabulary!).”

2.Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

“Marvellous, every single book of it: comic writing and a feel 
for language well into the Wodehouse class, combined with real intelligence and sharp observation
I can’t count the times that there’s been something on the news or wherever, and either I or my 
wife (also a fan) has said ‘Very Terry Pratchett!’ His contraction of Alzheimer’s – with the resulting 
loss of goodness knows how many more books – was a tragedy.”

3.Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

“A cult book in its day, and unlike most cult books a joy to read both 
then and nowa marvellous, anarchic roller-coaster ride with a black streak down its middle, 
superbly written and (despite the surface anarchy) beautifully organised and crafted. If the first two 
sentences (‘It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love 
with him’) don’t have you hooked and grinning then nothing will.”

4.Karla Novels by John le Carre

“I’d bracket this with the works of Graham Greene, which also (for 
me, anyway) perfectly encapsulate the grey, slightly seedy, morally ambiguous no-man’s-land of 
Cold War espionage: unlike Fleming’s Bond books, totally convincing. It’s a mark of how good the 
writing is that they easily hold their own when set beside their excellent TV adaptations.”

5.The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart

“A very subjective choice, I know, and certainly not one to everyone’s taste (has anyone even heard of 
it now?) but no apologies. I’ve always been interested in Celtic mythology and folklore, and in 
connection with these what’s known as the ‘Matter of Britain’ (King Arthur and company) before the 
French romantics got their hands on it and made it all pretty-pretty. I first read the Merlin trilogy 
when I was at school in the 1960s; I was hooked then, because it chimed exactly with that interest, 
and I’ve remained so ever since. “

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