Tony Blair Picks His "Desert Island" Books for WLTB

A three-volume biography of "true revolutionary" Leon Trotsky and a memoir by Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo have been picked by former prime minister Tony Blair as the books he would take to a desert island.

Blair, whose own memoir A Journey is out now, chose nine books including Sir Walter Scott's classic novel Ivanhoe, J R R Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, which he is rereading with his son Leo.

He said of the adventure story: "It still has a pace and a life to it that makes it a joy to read," and described the pirate Long John Silver as "not a plain, simple baddie, but a man capable certainly of badness but also of a certain code of honour . . . Even today, it's a great story, beautifully written."

Writing for WLTB's first issue, Blair also chose French novelist Emile Zola's Germinal, Jesus was a Jew by Arnold G Fruchtenbaum, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf and Jon Rothschild and Martin Lings' biography of the Prophet, Muhammed.

To read Tony Blair's piece in full, click here.