A few months ago, one of my friends invited me to share ten books that have stayed with me (you probably saw the Facebook movement…). I never got round to doing so at the time (sorry!!), but, better late than never, here they are 🙂
- Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Towers.
- The Bible.
- The Cistercian World: Monastic Writings of the Twelfth Century (trans. & ed. Pauline Matarasso). I remember sitting as a first-year undergrad in the Upper Radcliffe Camera, and being utterly absorbed by this. I think it’s where my love of studying hagiography began.
- C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce.
- Enid Blyton’s Five Go Adventuring Again.
- Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince and Other Tales. These are the best children’s stories / fairy-tales / short stories I’ve ever read.
- Rosemary Sutcliffe’s The Lantern Bearers.
- C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle.
- John Mush’s Life of Margaret Clitherow The ideas driving my phd all started here…
- St Benedict’s Prayer Book (Ampleforth Abbey press).
Honorary mention should also go to my GCSE maths textbook. I have rather too vivid a memory of this. It persuaded me not to pursue a career in science. I am indebted to it.