Tristram Shandy is brilliant! everything I heard and knew about it= expectations met, heavily recommend. Midsummer Night's Dream is my favourite Shakespeare work apart from the sonnets, I re-read it every few years, magical and hilarious.
As for Tom Hodgkinson, I'm kind of obsessive about his work. How to be Idle, How to be Free, Brave Old World and the issues of the Idler I have delved into are brilliant. I have an almost cult- like obsession with his work. Him and Alain de Botton are some of my favourite thinkers.
Hodgkinson's views on how fast modern pace and the distance between us and the old world is something that will resonate with anyone with a fondness for flights of fancy away from our world. He references everything and everyone, from the romantic poets, to Samuel Johnson, to Punk lyrics and ideas, more on him to come, I better leave it here or I won't shut up
Have look at the Idler here