So here goes:
1. One book that changed your life
“The meaning of the creative act” (1917?) by Nikolai Berdyaev. I read this while recovering from Bible college, 1983. Or, Thomas Moore’s “Care of the Soul”.
2. One book you’ve read more than once
“Weaveworld” by Clive Barker. Barker is possibly this age’s greatest mythmaker; his knowledge of the esoteric and the exotic is simply awesome, and his imagination is unparalleled.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island
The Bible – It’s 66 for the price of one, in the space of one, and despite it all it’s not going out of fashion.
4. Two books that made you laugh
“The real Frank Zappa Book” by Peter Peter Occhiogrosso and His Zapness (?) – my baptism into all things Californian. Both times.
5. One book that made you cry
“Birdsong” by Pat Barker. Wrenching story of the first world war.
6. One book you wish had been written
“Man” by Jonathan Paton. He was my dad. His dad was a famous writer.
7. One book you wish had never been written
I’m completely blank on this one. No one book could take all the blame.
8. One book you’re currently reading
“Crazy Horse”, by Mari Sandoz, the story of the Lekota warrior mystic.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read
“The God Delusion” Richard Dawkins, I’ve been on chapter 4 for 18 months. Gareth, were bookbuddies after all.
10. Where’s your favourite place to buy books
Charing Cross Rd, Westminster.
10. What book do you want to shamelessly plug
“Original Blessing” by Matthew Fox. It’s a tour de force of new theology; generous, sweeping, liberating.