In no particular order, my favourite books, authors and poets:

Need For The Bike (Besoin de velo) – Paul Fournel (trans. Allan Stoekl)

Jean de Florette/Manon des Souces – Marcel Pagnol (trans. WE van Heyningen)

La Gloire de Mon Pere/Le Chateau de Ma Mere – Marcel Pagnol (trans. Rita Barisse)

The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkein

The Cruel Sea – Nicholas Monsarrat

Das Boot – Lothar-Gunther Buchheim

The Ode Less Travelled – Stephen Fry

Beowulf – Anon. (trans. Seamus Heaney)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Anon. (trans. Simon Armitage)

The Adventures of Robin Hood – Roger Lancelyn Green

Shakespeare – Bill Bryson

Biggles Learns to Fly – Capt WE Johns

The Rider – Tim Krabbe

Brat Farrar – Josephine Tey

Somme/1914/They Called It Passchendaele – Lyn Macdonald

The Dam Busters/The Great Escape – Paul Brickhill

The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth

Basket Case/Native Tongue – Carl Hiaasen

Winterdance – Gary Paulsen

Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen

Hey, Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky? – Baxter Black

Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand

The Hour – Michael Hutchinson

The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan

Touching The Void – Joe Simpson

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M Pirsig

PG Wodehouse

William Shakespeare

Robert Frost

John Masefield

Seamus Heaney

William Barnes

Thomas Hardy

John Clare

Norman MacCaig

Henning Mankell – the Wallander series

A Horseman Riding By – R F Delderfield

§ 4 Responses to Books

  • Chloe says:

    If you had to narrow this list down to just two books – which would they be? Chloe 🙂

  • Chloe says:

    ooops…or authors or poets!!!

    • gonecycling says:

      Wow. Um…I think one of them would have to be Marcel Pagnol. Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources are as close to perfection as I’ve ever read, in terms of their plots, characters, settings and drama. And a world without Shakespeare would be – well, not much of a world really. back at you: what two books/authors/poets would you take to a desert island?

      • Chloe says:

        Now you’ve asked me the same question, I’ve realised how difficult the answer is! My answer might be a bit non-standard, but for me, I’d be quite happy if I were to be stranded on an island with JK Rowling and Dean Koontz. JK Rowling totally inspires me, plus I can relate to her a lot, and I’d love to write a novel one day similar to the ones Dean writes. Have a great day!! Chloe

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