I am always interested in what politicians read. Biographies of the world’s most notable leaders, such as Napoleon and Churchill, seem to figure prominently. Bill Shorten’s preference for Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The imperial love affair (June) is in the same lofty vein. Is he reading it because it’s a good yarn, or because he’s in search of skills that are transferable from 18th-century St Petersburg to 21st-century Canberra?
Glen Iris, VIC