World Book Day 2020: What book changed your life?
Posted on 23/04/2020 in
Some of our authors answered the question for the World Book Day 2020 and shared their most precious reading experiences with us.
‘As for many others, I believe, The Dwarf by Pär Lagerkvist was one of the first adult novels I really understood and was touched by. A book that made me realise what literature can be and do with you.’
‘The book that has meant the most to me and to which I return every year is Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck. I see it as a spot-on description of human nature, a sublime tribute to human existence that reminds us that life is not always dead serious.
Although the plot is straight forward, I discover new angles every time I read it. I plan to continue reading it regularly for the rest of my life. It has simply become like an old friend, and deep down, there’s nothing I’d rather do than to sit down at Danny’s table.’
‘Difficult question… Usually the books I liked the most were not the ones that changed my life the most, but others which sort of made me gain small but important insights. But for me, it was probably Patricia Highsmith’s short stories which had the most significant impact on my life, because they inspired me to try out writing for the first time. Not because I thought it was the best thing I’d ever read, but because she triggered my curiosity and pushed me to try for myself.’
‘There’s probably no book that changed my life as much as my own second book, Sonja’s Last Will. My whole life took another turn after that one.’
‘Barbro Lindgren’s books about Sparvel have left a strong impression on me, I love them as much now as I did when I was little. They are always with me and help me keep my inner child alive.’
‘Lars Ahlin, The Fruit of Your Life. Spending a summer with this tome in the late 1980’s – a little bit every night in a slow pace – changed my view on things and gave me multifaceted characters to mirror myself in. And a calm that I very much needed in those toddler years.’
‘I have to say, albeit a little reluctantly, Knausgård’s Season series, especially Spring. They gave me a new perspective after reading them, at least for a little while.’