Top Ten By Year

Or the posts with the most views. But are they the best ones? I’ll leave you to work that one out for yourselves.

Top Ten 2015

The early days were characterised by random personal musings about Tolstoy, my grandmother and English sea shanties sang by French holiday makers. All on account of books, of course.

  1. Tolstoy, Mario Vargas Llosa, My Grandmother and Me (On War & Peace)
  2. Gabriel García Márquez, Minus Magical Realism
  3. From Ransome to Keats to Homer
  4. The Little Prince
  5. The Great Siege: Malta 1565
  6. A Trial of Freedom (Best Stories of Herodotus)
  7. Part of the Folk Process
  8. Petrarch, the Stay-at-Home Tour Guide
  9. Night Flight
  10. Sketches of Spain: Castile

Top Ten 2016

From Herodotus through British Museum exhibitions to my first author interview… not to mention taking the piss out of blogging, this was the year when I explored the fun you can have with a blog.

  1. Spain from the Bar: Interview with Joan Planas
  2. Soft Lands Breed Soft Men: The Persian Choice
  3. About Me & My Blog
  4. How to Fail as a Blogger (In Five Easy Steps)
  5. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  6. Five Books You Shouldn’t Read
  7. The Moorish King Rides Up & Down
  8. A Take on the Column
  9. Oranges Like Blazing Fire
  10. The Best Stories of Herodotus (And Why You’re Going to Read Them)

Top Ten 2017

It’s practically all classics. But there’s also a visit to Spain with Federico García Lorca, the fantasy of Ice Station and bizarre history in The Gruesome News From Famagusta.

  1. The Moorish King Rides Up & Down
  2. Soft Lands Breed Soft Men: The Persian Choice
  3. Salamis (According to Herodotus)
  4. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  5. The Harper’s Song: Enjoying Life After Death in Ancient Egypt
  6. Sappho: Midnight Poem (Fragment 48)
  7. Federico García Lorca: Impresiones y paisajes
  8. The Best Stories of Herodotus (And Why You’re Going to Read Them)
  9. Ice Station (An Antarctic Thriller)
  10. The Gruesome News from Famagusta

Top Ten 2018

Very little variation on 2017 – accompanied by the unexpected and unexplained success of some personal reflections on A Bear with Very Little Brain.

  1. The Moorish King Rides Up & Down
  2. Soft Men Breed Soft Men: The Persian Choice
  3. The Battle of Marathon (According to Herodotus)
  4. Sappho: Midnight Poem (Fragment 48)
  5. Salamis (According to Herodotus)
  6. A Bear of Very Little Brain (The World According to Pooh)
  7. Federico García Lorca: Impresiones y paisajes
  8. Sailing the Aegean with Odysseas Elytis
  9. The Harper’s Song: Enjoying Life After Death in Ancient Egypt
  10. The Persian Letters of Montesquieu

Top Ten 2019?

God willing, I’ll let you know in a year’s time. 🙂