Well obviously my own books are my real favourites!
16. The Book of Dave – Will Self
I’m not sure I like Will Self as a person. He seems arrogant and full of himself. And I don’t like all his books but he is a good writer. This is a dystopian tale that I greatly enjoyed reading. It seemed to sum up religion for me. I thought it was funny and serious.
17. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
He wrote a few books of genius. This story about the dust bowl migration of the forties always reminds me of Woody Guthrie. Those poor people were exploited and abused and he tells the tale so poignantly.
18. Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
I read this a long time ago but I loved a few of his books. This one I remember as being very atmospheric.
19. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
I loved the humour and absurdity of the book – making war into a commercial exercise. That’s what it is. The man was a genius.
20. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegutt Jnr
This man wrote with such a light touch the words flowed off the page. He touched me with his intelligence, wit and delicate touch. A great book. I’ll have that image of the end of the book in my head forever.