From the forums - Has any book ever changed your life?

29th November 2013 at 00:00

When I studied A-level English literature we read Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. Made me think about free will and self-determinism in an entirely different way, which stays with me.

The Women's Room, Marilyn French.

I love that book!

I think all books have changed my life. My moral code is an amalgamation of various bits and pieces of fiction I read as a child.

Fifty Shades of Grey. I am now walking a little strangely and Mr Belle has a huge grin!

The Bible turned my life around as a young man. In O level the war poets moved me to tears and created a great love of poetry. Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman drove me to anger. George Orwell's writing challenged me and I fell in love with the work of DH Lawrence. At a later time, Alex Comfort's Tetrarch opened up the possibility of life in another dimension.

Things, a seminal novel by George Perec. Wonderful. It's about the relation between happiness and consumerism (set in the 1960s).

Play is a Feeling by Brenda Crowe helped me to cope with my children. Hard to think of a novel I have read as an adult, but fabulous books like Little Women, Heidi, Anne of Green Gables and What Katy Did fed my imagination and helped me to dream.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a fabulous guide to how to behave towards others. I hope that I can get at least partway there. The first serious sex scenes I read were in The Thorn Birds, which has coloured my views of the Catholic church!


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