• Best books of 2011: Authors' pick 09-12-2011 03:41 PM

    Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Monetefiore  (Aatish Taseer is the author of Noon, Stranger to History and The Temple-Goers)Sidin Vadukut's pick Max Hastings' All Hell Let Loose: A splendid history of the Second World War that shows that there is much about the war we still don't know or completely understand.  John Julius Norwich's The Popes: A vast, funny, insightful and endlessly fascinating history of one of history's most enduring offices. A must read for anyone intrigued by human folly.  VS Ramachandran's The Tell-Tale Brain: VS Ramachandran takes you on a voyage of self-discovery, via the curious workings of the human brain. If you liked his TED talk, you will adore this book.  (Sidin Vadukut is the author of Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin 'Einstein' Varghese and God Save the Dork)Death in Mumbai by Meenal Baghael The Telltale Brain by VS Ramachandran  India, A Portrait by Parick French Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru  (Manu Joseph is the author of Serious Men)