My Life in Books

You may have seen a Facebook meme floating around recently asking for folks to post their top ten books. I’ve been honoured to see my name in a few lists and have been tagged a couple of times to post my own. I had to decline these invitations at the time. It’s because I’ve basically gone and done a posh version for Mass Movement Magazine – click here to read the ‘My Life in Books’ article.

I’ve taken an autobiographical approach, rather than just my ten favourite books, mainly because it really is my life in books, but also because applying some kind of criteria made the decisions simpler. So many books, choosing ten was a very difficult task. Near misses include: David Gemmell’s Legend; Warlock of Firetop Mountain; Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader and plenty of others.

Gav Thorpe's life in ten books

One book is missing, as it has been leant to a friend. Can you spot which one?

Of course, books have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I have my parents to thank or that. I am doing my best to surround my son with as much Nerdiana as possible, raising Sammy on books, folk festivals, geek conventions and wargames shows.

Baby Sam playing with the books

“The Dewey Decimal system is overrated, daddy.”

It’s a bit like choosing songs for Desert Island Discs, except the bit at the end where you’re allowed to take the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare. Sometimes people ask if there was one book you’d rescue from a burning building, which one would it be? I really don’t know, we’d have to see what I went for in the moment of instinct, but I don’t want to find out. What would be your must-save book?

Published in: on October 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

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