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I’m a bit of a fan of ‘titbit’ books that you can pick up; gain something useful from by way of inspiration, information, motivation and probably any other of a hundred other words ending in –ion; and put down without worrying about losing your place!

This book certainly fulfils that criterion. The author begins by asking, at the start of the introduction, what makes for a ‘life-changing’ (?) book and then proceeds to answer this question in the remainder. This makes for an interesting short read in itself. However, he appears to make an assumption, which is evidenced abundantly in the subsequent discussion and which he fails to acknowledge; i.e. that such a book must, necessarily, bring about a change for the better. This, of course, implies that he knows what ‘better’ is! One criterion he does posit, even though possibly only implicitly, is the number of lives changed and he goes on to justify, later on, the inclusion of J. K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel, by citing the number sold and therefore, by extension, the number of young people ‘switched-on’ to reading fiction whom otherwise might never have been. This is, of course, a contentious claim in itself but, possibly, one with which many might agree. In which case, one could reasonably argue for the inclusion of Mein Kampf, which has probably never been out of print and is probably one of the World’s best-selling books. However, it doesn’t make the cut!

Most reasonable people would not expect to find all of their favoured tomes inside and it was in this spirit that I approached it when opening it for the first time. Yet I still found myself applauding the author when he had included something which, in my estimation, deserved inclusion, and railing against him when one of my favourites was missing!

But to cut what could easily be a long story short: it’s an excellent little book that can be picked up at a ridiculously low ‘snip’, especially the kindle version!
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on 3 January 2015
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