My 10 favourite novels
Updated: Mar 18, 2018
An almost impossible task, I'm sure you'd agree, to choose a top ten. I've tried to chose those books that have made an impact on my life, or influenced my thinking in any way. They are not in order of preference, just listed as the occurred to me. Feel free to let me know how rubbish my choices are...
# 1. Replay by Ken Grimwood
I first read this book many years ago, and then several times since (and I'm not much of a re-reader - there's too much out there that I still need to read for the first time), and it always affects me. It tells of a 43-year-old man who dies and wakes up in 1963, back in his 18-year-old body. He relives his life with all his memories of the previous 25 years intact. This happens repeatedly with the man playing out his life differently in each cycle, and we see how the choices he makes impact on his new lives.
# 2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
What can I say about the wonderful novel that hasn't already been said? Having done some of my growing up in South Africa, this story set in the American South resonated with me in several ways, and maybe made me a better person.
# 3. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Controversial, and somewhat subverted now by extreme right-wingers in the States and elsewhere, this book profoundly affected my when I read it at the tender age of 18. As a bit of a loner, and which writer isn't?, I've never been a fan of decision by committee. This book taught me that by doing your best at whatever it is you decide to do, it will ultimately help those around you too. To some extent it presages the coming of the Entitlement Generation.
# 4. All Quiet on the Western by Erich Maria Remarque
A great anti-war novel, told from the German perspective, which for me at the time of reading was a revelation.