Gerry Brown 13 Apr 2017 12:35pm

Between the lines: Gerry Brown

Gerry Brown, author of The Independent Director (Palgrave) and chairman of Novaquest Capital Management, shares his life in books

Caption: Gerry Brown says he wishes president Putin would write the true story of modern day politics in Russia.

My desert island book would be Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes because I have never yet managed to find the time to read one of the first novels ever written. Also if it was in Spanish I could spend time translating it.

The book that I learned the most from is The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. I read it when I was a student and began to understand more about the evil of man.

I wish that president Putin would write the true story of modern day politics in Russia and maybe it would encourage more Russians to work for real democracy.

My favourite book ever is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year and the story of how the miserly Scrooge becomes a kinder, gentler man is a constant reminder of the need for compassion in today’s world.

The last book I read was Trump Revealed by The Washington Post reporters Marc Fisher and Michael Kranish. I wanted to understand more about one of the most powerful men in the world. What is striking is that all of what is currently happening was predictable behaviour, so why was he elected?