Being predominately self educated, i have always read widely. And for me, classic literature has not only been a teacher - but, at times throughout my life, like my only source of friendship too.
As such, i am often asked about which books have had the most impact on me.
And, while it is impossible to narrow this down fully as the list is always growing . . .these are some of my personal favourites so far.
Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace, Ana Karenina and Resurrection
Homer: The Iliad and The Odyssey
Alexandre Dumas: The Count of Monte Cristo,
Victor Hugo: Les Miserables,
John Steinbeck: East of Eden
Thomas Hardy - Tess of the D'urbervilles
Gaston Leroux: The Phantom of The Opera,
Wilkie Collins - The Woman in White
Dante - Inferno
William Shakespeare: Othello & Julius Caesar
Marcus Aurelius: The Meditations
Carl Jung: Modern man in search of a soul
The Letters of Seneca
The Discourses of Epictetus
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
The Writings of Leonardo da Vinci
Carl Jung - Psychology and Alchemy
Plato: Apology & Republic
Viktor Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning
The Tao Te Ching,