Five Books on a Shelf

Introducing the first in a new series, Five Books on a Shelf. The premise is simple; pick five books on your shelf, take a snap, and write a sentence about each one. This month, 26 board member and Quietroom Managing Director, Andy Hayes, shares a snapshot of his library.

As I get older, I find that I’m reading more about the past than the present, or the future.

The Hollow Crown by Dan Jones
The Wars of the Roses, more fact than Shakespeare’s fiction; better than Game of Thrones, but no dragons.

Winter King by Thomas Penn
Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty; the usurper who usurped the usurper, Richard III.

The Walled Orchard by Tom Holt
Eupolis writes a tragedy, it bombs, so he puts on the exact same play as a comedy, it triumphs – life is a tragi-comedy after all.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The myth of one of the original superheroes, retold as a tender love story through the eyes of Patroclus.

The Shortest History of Germany by James Hawes
A smart distillation of 2,500 years of history; a compelling argument why a strong, liberal Germany is a good thing for Europe.

Latest 26 images

Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
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Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley