Books that will change your life
Summer-read-searchers, start here...
We've been thinking about books that, once read, can't be unread, and which change you in sometimes quite a fundamental way. Read the list, maybe read the books, and don't forget to tell us the books that have changed your life...
The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf
This book will make you question everything you thought you knew about the society we live in. Did you know women do 66% of the world's work but only own 1% of the world's wealth? Or that most women in the western world would rather lose 10-15lbs than achieve any other goal? Are you a victim of The Beauty Myth? Read this book and find out.
The Princess Bride, William Goldman
Epic love, sword fights and rodents of unusual size. The Princess Bride has everything you need for a full on swash buckling escape into pure fantasy. Before Captain Jack Sparrow there was the altogether sexier, more romantic and hilarious Dread Pirate Roberts. Real life will seem dull in comparison, but you can always go back to the beginning and read it all over again.
Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is the most important person alive in the world today and you only have to read one or two of the hundreds of reviews on amazon to realise that his autobiogrpahy has made it's readers change their outlooks. Imprisoned for twenty seven years for fighting for racial equality in South Africa before becoming it's first democatically elected President, his story is literally amazing.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
So many love stories are just a watered down retelling of one of the greatest love stories ever written. Who doesn't fancy proud, hauty but amazingly hot (and as it turns out just misunderstood) Mr Darcy? It's will they, won't they right up until the end which always feels thrilling and unexpected however many times you read it. The only problem is that you'll be looking for your own version from the moment you put it down until well... he appears in all his hotness before you.
One Day, David Nicholls
A new one on the list, but a book a few of the Whatever After team have read recently that had a big impact on them. The characters are drawn so carefully and realistically that you really feel like they're people you know. Although it's quite exciting, we're slightly dreading the big screen adaptation. The Em and Dex in our head are precious, and unlikely to be quite right in the flesh...