DESERT ISLAND READS
- •Wuthering HeightsMy first experience of a character's emotions showing me something real about my own life.
- •The GoldfinchI read the first forty pages holding my breath, and I love the way the obsession with the painting manifests -I used to visit the one Velasquez painting everyday for three months, this one little droplet of water was mesmerising. And if I'd had that painting in my bag/wardrobe/bedroom I would've given in to each and every craving to view it one more time.
- •On Attaining BuddhahoodA lecture by Daisaku Ikeda on one of my favourite gosho writings -I read it every day for a month, I feel like I know it intimately and when I read Mr Ikeda's thoughts on it I'm revived.
- •The Quantum ThiefI wonder how the ideas around privacy and security will read in ten years and if I'm on my desert island post-singularity that'll be a new perspective. The second and third books don't really match what the author achieves with the first, I'd rather read it three times in succession than have the other two in my DIR Collection.
- •ParadiseIt's really a toss up between this and Jazz, but I just love Paradise more.
- •Shakespeare SonnetsI haven't read any but whenever someone's quoted one I've thought I'd enjoy getting to know them.
- •Raise High The Roofbeam CarpentersThis is the Salinger that I like the most.
- •Imperial Radch trilogyEveryone's a she in this space epic.
- •Mourinho AutobiographyFor what I don't know about his career.