I’ve been pinged a number of times in the past couple of weeks  over at Facebook with the chain letter “name 10 books that have stuck with you” – and, while the question is interesting for me to answer, I refuse to play the social coercion game

[just as I would with any other form of chain mail]

Instead, I’ll just provide a list here, which will also let me discuss it with them.

So, in no particular order, here are 10 books that have stuck with me:

  1. Now, Discover Your StrengthsMarcus Buckingham
    I can’t quite describe what a relief it was to read this book – finally, I had a language to explain how I work and why I am the way I am, and support for welcoming my own unique form of weirdness
  2. The Right To WriteJulia Cameron
    This arrived via a friend’s suggestion at just the right time in my writing journey – I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve since recommended it.
  3. Do Sparrows Eat Butterflies?Vincent Tuckwood
    Yes, I chose one of my books. No, I won’t apologize. And, if you haven’t read it yet, you won’t know why it’s so close to my heart and soul.
  4. Mystery WalkRobert R McCammon
    I discovered McCammon via this magical novel, the core of which still haunts me to this day – and strongly influenced the direction of my writing on ASYLUM. I could just as easily have picked his novel SWAN SONG for inclusion here, but it’s kind of bracketed with…
  5. The StandStephen King
    To be honest, there are enough Stephen King novels that could have made this list that they would have filled all the spots. Instead, I’ll bucket them all together in this one listing. If there is one person in this world I’d like to sit and chat with, it’s Stephen King.
  6. ErebusShaun Hutson
    This one’s here for one reason only: it was the book that made me declare: “I could write a novel!” and then go ahead and do just that with OF THE TRIBE.
  7. Holding The CenterRichard Strozzi-Heckler
    I have learned much of myself and my place in world under Richard’s teaching – I return often to the meditations in Holding The Center.
  8. The Drunkard’s WalkLeonard Mlodinow
    Again, this is a placeholder for several books that cover how randomness affects our lives.
  9. The Future of ManagementGary Hamel
    Great insights into the fallacies inherent in management science.
  10. Espedair StreetIain Banks
    I could easily have listed several of Iain Banks’ books –  The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, Complicity – so consider this another placeholder. I wrote to Iain  when I was writing Jeremiah Whispers, seeking advice, and he took the time to write me a very nice, encouraging note back – I subsequently met him at a reading in Canterbury and got to have a wee chat. He was very giving of his time, and I’m still saddened at his death.

So, there you have it, a list of 10 books

[all right, and writers/subjects in some cases]

that have stuck with me over time. Though I fully expect to hit ‘Publish’ only to experience a rush of others that I could/should have included



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