Billionaire Bill’s reading lists are bang on the money

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Billionaire Bill’s reading lists are bang on the money

Bring back 2018, 2019 and 2020 because if Gates’s 2021 suggestions are anything to go by we are in big trouble

Sunday Times Book Editor

I used to enjoy Bill Gates’ summer reading list. I joked that if people ran into him (because we ran in the same circles — yeah right! I sure as hell hope not now!) they should let him know we appreciated the same books. 

One thing I have noticed is that his suggestions are a barometer of what is happening in the world and this year’s show we are seriously f***ed. Or maybe his world is dark now because of his divorce and nasty allegations against him (and no, I do not mean the Covid-19 conspiracy stuff).

In 2018 he suggested the excellent and delightful Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler, Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian and Factfulness by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund. None of them were dire. In fact, Factfulness was described by Gates as a book that “gives you a breakthrough way of understanding basic truths about the world — how life is getting better, and where the world still needs to improve”. ..

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