We all have books that have shaped our thinking and stayed with us long after we finish reading.
Here are five books that have changed my life:
1. We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver:
This brilliant book put the final nail in the coffin of motherhood for me. Opinion is fiercely divided on the nature versus nurture debate it raises. I think Kevin was born evil and it terrified me.
2. Lace – Shirley Conran:
Every bit as shocking as Fifty Shades at the time of publication, I read this under the duvet aged 13 – along with Cosmopolitan, it’s where I learned about sex. As teenagers, we were comparatively unsophisticated back in the 1980s. Aged 42, I still find the goldfish scene repulsive!
3. Chavs – Owen Jones:
I have always thought I was working class but after reading this I’m not sure any more. This book turned all I thought about class on its head and left me reeling.
4. My Mother, My Self – Nancy Friday:
The mother-daughter relationship is so powerful. We remain invisibly and silently connected by the umbilical cord for the rest of our lives.
5. One People – Guy Kennaway:
A wonderful, happy and unique book which is brilliantly observed. It’s like being transported to Jamaica. A huge drop of sunshine that still makes me laugh out loud.