Will Self’s book of the year

“Out in paperback this year was Steve Coll’s masterful The Bin Ladens (Penguin, £10.99). I read it on a trip to Dubai, and not since Jonathan Raban’s Arabia Through the Looking Glass have I read a better outsider’s take on the Arab world. Coll is exhaustive in his detail, but his writing crackles with energy.”

From the Daily Telegraph, November 28.