Well now, I seem to have been memed, by the ever-charming Mr Hale. Let’s have a look at the question:
Sod Richard and Judy. Sod Oprah. What would you advise people to read? Name your favourite:
(a) Fiction book
(c) Non-fiction book
(d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre.
Explain why the books are essential reads in no more than 30 words per book.
There’s a challenge, but let’s see if I can answer (almost certainly, I’m an opinionated swine), and do so within 30 words (almost certainly not, it’s painfully obvious to everyone that I suffer from logorrhoea)…
Fiction: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. A clear storyline, and strong characters make this a book to get lost in.
Autobiography: Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig. Often difficult and complex, but never dull, you might argue it’s not really an autobiography, but there’s a lot of interesting stuff in there.
Non-Fiction: History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. I was on the dole for a while, and reading this bent my brain out of shape, which was just what I needed. A slog, but worth it. Honest.
And any other book: The List Of Seven by Mark Frost. A well-written thriller, with theosophy, Arthur Conan Doyle, and many other aspects rolled into one. Full of clever twists, I could read this over and over. In fact, I have…
Just like Chris’s reply, this is my list for now, and could well change if you asked me again… ooh, in three minutes. That said, I do urge people to read the above books.