Drew up this list in response to a post on the excellent The Bookshelf of Emily J. blog.
Apparently this has been going around Facebook and the idea is to ‘list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard—they don’t have to be the ‘right’ or ‘great’ works, just the ones that have touched you.’
Anyway, for what its worth, here is my list:
1. Bleak House – Dickens
2. Middlemarch – Eliot
3. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
4. Dubliners – Joyce
5. Lord Kilgobbin – Charles Lever
6. Where I’m Calling From – Raymond Carver
7. Collected Stories – John Cheever
8. The Complete short Stories – Ernest Hemingway
9. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
10. Collected Poems – Michael Hartnett
If I was including my favourite books as a child, these would include Edward Lear’s Complete Nonsense, Alan Garner’s, The Moon of Gomrath and The Owl Service, and, as a teenager, George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia.
Professionally it would have to be books like E.P. Thompson’s, The Making of the English Working Class, Hobsbawm’s Labouring Men and Worlds of Labour, Carlo Ginzburg’s, The Cheese and the Worms, Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire, Michael Foot’s life of Nye Bevan, and Robert Blake’s books on Disraeli and the UK Conservative Party.