Books that inspired me to be a writer.

A Listmania! list by Jonathan A. Billings "jonbillings_uk" (Stoke)
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Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales
1.  Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales by H.C. Andersen
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  "let's start at the beginning. The best way to introduce a child and adult to moral values."
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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
2.  The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
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  "Started reading Adams early on shortly after learning the toothfairy, santa and jesus weren't for real."
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The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
3.  The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition by J. R. R. Tolkien
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  "It took me ages but it was the first book that i read wishing i could jump into the page.  which led me to..."
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Pyramids: A Discworld Novel: 7
4.  Pyramids: A Discworld Novel: 7 by Terry Pratchett
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  "Ok not his first novel, but my first of his...  a very funny man."
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To Kill a Mocking Bird
5.  To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
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  "A bit more serious now - in my early teens. Intorduced me to the novel of social issues.  a classic and this special edition is a lovely collectors edition"
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A Christmas Carol (Children's Classics)
6.  A Christmas Carol (Children's Classics) by Charles Dickens
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  "This should have featured before Mockingbird due to autobiographical reasons, this is a classic morality tale in a season destroyed by consumersim"
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Catch-22 (Vintage Classics)
7.  Catch-22 (Vintage Classics) by Joseph Heller
The list author says:
  "probably the funniest book i've read.  A great satire on the absurdity of war."
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Dubliners
8.  Dubliners by James Joyce
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  "Joyce is one of my heros. A genius who struggled throughout his life against poverty, popular culture, critics and publishers.  dubliner's theme of paralysis is timeless"
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Things Fall Apart (African Writers Series)
9.  Things Fall Apart (African Writers Series) by Chinua Achebe
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  "A great simple book that describes the brutality of British occupation.  Very apt title and introduced me to the relevance of spirituality in our lives."
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Fever Pitch
10.  Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
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  "Sorry had to include this for football reasons.  I'm an arsenal fan and hornby inspired me to write about anything."
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Shame
11.  Shame by Salman Rushdie
The list author says:
  "Not his best, but nonetheless inspiring in its cultural and social problem of not having a national identity."
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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
12.  1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "anyone for a lesson in "I told you so?""
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George Orwell Omnibus: The Complete Novels: Animal Farm, Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Coming up for Air, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, and, 1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
13.  George Orwell Omnibus: The Complete Novels: Animal Farm, Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Coming up for Air, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, and, 1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four 
The list author says:
  "In fact read everything by this guy, Its just a shame Tony Blair isn't called Eric. Politically intriguing and courageous from one of the greats of social thought"
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Republic (Oxford World's Classics)
14.  Republic (Oxford World's Classics) by Plato
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  "A good way to start understanding political thought."
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Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Hackett Classics)
15.  Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Hackett Classics) by Rene Descartes
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  "A good way to learn even a moron can be considered a "philosopher".  I think therefore I am a moron and a monkey."
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Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (Dover Thrift Editions)
16.  Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (Dover Thrift Editions) by Friedrich Nietzsche
The list author says:
  "Interesting and thought provoking philosopher...shame he partly inspired Hitler.  Oops i guess this leads to...."
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Freedom from the Known
17.  Freedom from the Known by J. Krishnamurti
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  "A ggod way to start to think about changing your perspective of life and the universe. Great but not the best philosopher, that mantle goes to....."
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Buddhist Scriptures (Penguin Classics)
18.  Buddhist Scriptures (Penguin Classics) by Donald Lopez
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  "The buddha is silent"
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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: A Spiritual Classic from One of the Foremost Interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism to the West
19.  The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: A Spiritual Classic from One of the Foremost Interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism to the West by Sogyal Rinpoche
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  "familiarise yourself with Buddhism and be prepared to change your life.  The creator of life and the destroyer of all philosophical thought."
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Becoming A Writer
20.  Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande
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  "Not just arrogantly parading as a self help book. This really is thought provoking and inspiring for those who want to write anything."
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The Dharma Bums (Penguin Modern Classics)
21.  The Dharma Bums (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jack Kerouac
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  "The second book that i wished i could jump into the page.  God how i envy Kerouac's life."
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Boring 7 15 Jan 2014
Please could someone recommend a kindle edition of LOTR 1 26 Dec 2013
Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit DVD game 1 1 Dec 2013
Why is this book not available on Kindle? 3 20 Oct 2013
Would anyone recommend reading the poems and songs in LOTR? 1 12 Jul 2013
What Book To Read? 2 5 Nov 2012
catch 22 6 17 Jul 2012
choices for lord of the rings and hobbit in hardback 1 14 Feb 2012
Definitive book of the 20th century? 5 25 Jan 2012
half way through to kill a mockingbird... 1 5 Sep 2011
Catch 22 1 27 Jun 2010
TRAMPS! 0 31 May 2010
 
   

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