I prefer military history, but I enjoy reading all sorts of genres. That said, I wouldn't have automatically been attracted to Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres (author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.) It was recommended by an old comrade and although I'm only a third of the way through it, I can see why. It's set in Turkey during the decline of the Ottoman empire and the onset of the Great War, and so far it's fascinating for the author's mastery of describing places, people, historical events and ways of life that I've not come across previously. The Independent very accurately described it as "A mesmerizing patchwork of horror, humour and humanity." It certainly provides an interesting insight into the Islamic and Christian faiths and I'm told that its coverage of the Gallipoli campaign is equally absorbing. I reckon it'll be a book to remember.