Five Favourite Books

Catching up on some tweets (that’s surely not how it’s meant to work), I see that Kurt Harden over at Cultural Offering invited me to join a project to list my five favourite books and nominate five bloggers to do the same.

A tough call but here’s a list – in no particular order – borne  of an hour’s ponder and search…

The Sovereign Individual by William Rees-Mogg and James Dale Davidson – without aProduct Details doubt this book belongs on the list.  I read it when it was first published in 1997 and was sold on its grand, mega-political sweep and challenging, but empowering view of the future.  Fifteen years on, it looks strangely prophetic.

American Gods



  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – on an idle, grey afternoon in Bellevue, Washington, I wandered into Barnes & Noble looking for something I might read on the flight home.  I stumbled across Stardust (“soon to be a major film”) and vaguely recalled the BBC’s Neverwhere.  I had discovered Neil Gaiman and American Gods was the second book I read.  Wonderful concept, beautiful scope.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – something of a cop-out, I know: eight volumes and the whole of humanity in one.  However, around the time that I left corporate life to embark on my independent life, I was working with the very wonderful Ann Mulraine on my public speaking.  Inadvertently, she re-awoke my love of words and set me on my current path as a professional writer.  As part of my exercises, we worked with the chorus speeches from Henry V.  One day, I wandered into the local charity shop and found this beautifully bound, Folio Society edition of Shakespeare at something of a bargain price.

Silk Silk by Alessandro Baricco – simply a beautiful, haunting love story.  I’m not sure it landed on the list but it came to mind as one of the five.

 On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics)



On The Road by Jack Kerouac – I read this as a teenager in a small town in the north of Scotland while listening to the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan.  It resonated with a young man’s restlessness.  It took me many years to get to visit California.

There are many on the “nearly” list:

… and many more – as yet unknown – on the “how could I forget…” list.

As to bloggers to continue this experiment, I nominate: Matthew Stibbe, Mike Pegg, Nicholas Bate (yes, I know he’s already been nominated), Steve Fox and Dave Coplin.


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