Thanks to those who agreed with some (in one case all) of my choices of five books on Mariella Frostrups’ Open Book programme, which is repeated on Radio 4 at 4pm on Thursday.

They were This Sporting Life by David Storey, Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada and Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami.

Team of Rivals and Alone in Berlin also feature in another ‘five books’ interview I did recently, for The Broswer website. This time the theme was specifically leadership so the other three made way for Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong, The Bodyline Autopsy by David Frith and Perstroika by Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Browser is a nice site and the Five Books interview a nice idea. You can read the interview here.

I was hoping to find time to do a blog on the NHS reforms but am running late. All I would say, in response to David Cameron’s claim to be pursuing the route taken by Tony Blair is that these reforms do not just go further than TB, they go further than anything Margaret Thatcher dreamed of as well.