Startup Love author Thomas Jacob chooses his favourite books of 2016:
Man-Eaters of Kumaon
I re-read this, like I do every two or three years. It’s an edge-of-your-seat thriller detailing Corbett’s experiences hunting man-eating tigers in colonial India. You witness the tremendous courage and compassion of the man, and it brings back to life an India that is now long gone, when forests covered large swathes of the land and tigers still abounded.
Empire of the Moghul series
This exciting historical fiction series chronicles the rise of the Mughal Empire, starting with the story of Babur, a young king who loses his kingdom in the steppes of Central Asia, and ending at the court of the Emperor Aurangzeb. If only my history classes in school were half as fun!
The book, with its dreamy setting in a castle in the English countryside, lovable, eccentric characters and great humour is the perfect escape after a tough day at work. It’s also a must-read for every budding writer as the book is a master class on how to plot.
This epic series presents a startling portrait of the Mongol warlord Genghis Khan, a tremendously ambitious man who believed it was his destiny to conquer the world. The books cover the reigns of Genghis, his son Ogedai and grandson Kublai Khan.
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan
Intricately detailed and beautifully written, this true story of the British invasion of Afghanistan (the first Anglo-Afghan war) is a reminder to us that history tends to repeat itself.