Talent is Overrated: What really separates world-class performers from everybody else
Nicholas Brealey £12.99
Outliers: The story of success
Allen Lane £16.99
I think my father, Paul Johnson, is an outstanding writer - and I am not alone. He has a particular ability to create vigorous prose, assemble interesting facts and mount a compelling argument on paper. Perhaps some of that ability is inherited. But he is also very hard-working - has written millions of words - and probably got better at it while he was authoring all those books and articles. Is his literary skill a gift, or has it been acquired through graft? I suspect both.