Foe is going on a city break to Rome next month. Unbelievably, we haven’t been before and, as there's so much to see, I know we'll struggle to fit everything into three days. Of course we're going to visit the 'must-sees' including the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain and Vatican City and we couldn't call ourselves bookish geeks if we didn't tie in some literary highlights along the way.
The first John Berger novel I read was A Painter of Our Time.
I picked it up as part of a two-for-a-pound offer in a charity shop in 1999. It was the second choice, the filler just because I needed another book to make the offer worthwhile. My first choice? A dirty copy of London Fields by Martin Amis. Anyway, among all the self-help books and the Kathy Lette’s, I spotted the name John Berger, and thought, “That’ll do.”