Stephen King is one of the most celebrated writers of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. The master of horror has published more than 50 novels, sold over 350 million books, and has written some of the creepiest tales ever put to paper, including the likes of IT, The Stand, The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Dark Tower series. No doubt such a prolific author is also very well read, and no doubt Mr. King has many books he holds close to his heart, but which would he consider to be his top ten?
King recently took to Goodreads where he listed his top ten favourite novels of all time. In no particular order, they are as follows:
King then noted that writing a top ten list like this is always difficult and not always accurate. He wrote: “Any list like this is slightly ridiculous. On another day, ten different titles might come to mind, like The Exorcist, or All the Pretty Horses in place of Blood Meridian. On another day I’d be sure to include Light in August or Scott Smith’s superb A Simple Plan. The Sea, the Sea, by Iris Murdoch. But what the hell, I stand by these. Although Anthony Powell’s novels should probably be here, especially the sublimely titled Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant and Books Do Furnish a Room. And Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet. And at least six novels by Patricia Highsmith. What about Patrick O’Brian? See how hard this is to let go?”
It seems King had a pretty tough time compiling his list, and we can’t blame him. He also listed ten of his favourite books back in 2014 and several titles are on both lists such as Lord of the Flies, 1984, and Blood Meridian. King also regularly recommends books on his Twitter feed.
Some bookshops have even gone so far as to create visual experiments to show how many of the shelves are dominated by male authors.
Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) discovered a young man’s doodles in his own mathematics workbook, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of this erudite and creative teen. As well as laying out his mathematical formulae with precision and clarity, Richard Beale showed us his family dog, street scenes, elegant ships, and… A chicken in trousers.
Let MERL take you on a journey through time into the mind of Richard Beale- honest farm-boy, good mathematician, and excellent doodler.
Librarians used to deal with all the strange, creepy, interesting, and outrageous questions the general public had to ask- and you will not believe some of the stuff people are willing to ask a stranger.