This book changed my life…..
On the Road – was the book for me when I was a teenager.
Recent books that have done it for me would include JPod and Life After God by Douglas Coupland. Engleby by Sebastian Faulks. The Arabesk Trilogy by Jon Courtney Grimwood or Syrup by Max Barry (the funniest book I have ever read).Posted 9 years agoRatfighterMember
Kinda got beaten to it but definitely
On the road by Jack Kerouac. It made me realise that I too was spending every moment just chasing that last hairpin turn too
The other and more sporting focussed I suppose wasPosted 9 years ago
the mind gym by Gary Mack. Virtually every page turned was met with “I do do that!!” Helped me a lot with “head based” issues in my ArcherylexMember
“Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates’ Tom RobbinsPosted 9 years ago
Switters is not a character you’ll forget in a hurry. He turns down some cocaine with the phrase “why take a drug that makes me feel better looking and more entertaining than I know I already am?” A phrase I’ve used myself whenever some coked up boor gets on my tits.
Or ‘Any Human Heart’ by William Boyd. An epic.JolsaMember
An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan by Jason Elliot
Also nearly finished Shantaram which has been a gripping readPosted 9 years ago
Brave new World is a great book. I thought of another: “The Long Walk”, by Slavomir Rawicz. It’s the story of a Polish army officer who was captured and sent to a work camp in Siberia. He, along with a group of other prisoners, escaped and walked (!) to India.
It’s allegedly autobiographical, though there are some records that suggest it can’t have been entirely true. Either way, i can’t recommend it enough. Incidentally my grandfather was a Pole and was also captured and sent to Siberia, and – like the author – eventally moved to Nottingham after the war.Posted 9 years agoIHNMember
Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry. Simply wonderful.
(and, in the same series, Dead Man’s Walk, Comanche Moon and Streets of Laredo. Don’t be put off by the cowboy theme, they’re truely excellent)
Just started re-reading Grapes of Wrath. Enjoying it more this time. Once Ther Was a War is another excellent Steinbeck read.Posted 9 years agofingerbikeMember
Everyones probably read them but the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy series of books are brilliant, read them quite a few times now, in fact stuff by Douglas Adams always puts me in a good mood, he was a good and funny writer…
Big fan of John Steinbeck too, Cannery row being my favorite, recently found a book of the diaries that he wrote on a trip to the Sea of Cortez with Ed Ricketts to study marine life that I found quite inspiring…Posted 9 years agojojoA1Member
Just finished “The reader” which I found extremely moving.Posted 9 years ago
My favourite authors are John Irving (The World According to Garp) and Douglas Coupland (Generation X, JPod, etc). From their works I’d recommend A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving) and Girlfriend in a Coma (Coupland).EdwardHSubscriber
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque has to be the book that left me feeling more than any other I have read, though it certainly isnt a happy feel good book.
If I want some easy entertainement then I find Christopher Brookmyre quite good. Some of Tom Sharps books have made me laugh more than any others.Posted 9 years agotechnicallyineptMember
Not life changing but highly recomended:
The Road to Nab End, and Beyond Nab End by William Woodruff.
Makes you realise how easy we have it now. Crikey, it were grim up North in the early 1900s.
Also, Two Wheels North, story of two lads just out of high school riding bikes from Santa Rosa to Seattle in 1909 – now that was adventurePosted 9 years ago
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