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.
ValentinoRossi

The Women's Room, Marilyn French.
coffeekid

I love that book!
catmother

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.
airy

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

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.
oldsomeman

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

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.
lindenlea

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!
bombaysapphire

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