Five Books Every Man Should Read – From Hannah Richell

by |September 25, 2013

This September we’ve been running Operation GMR, Get Men Reading. To celebrate, we’ve asked some of our favourite Australian authors to give us Five Books Every Man Should Read.

Today’s guest is Hannah Richell, author of the award-winning Secrets of The Tides and The Shadow Year.

Hannah, take it away…

The Stand

by Stephen King

No man should be allowed to reach adulthood without reading a Stephen King novel and The Stand is one of his finest.

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The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger

As well as being a timeless classic, The Catcher in the Rye is also one of my Dad’s favourite books and that swings it for this list as far as I’m concerned.

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The Yellow Birds

by Kevin Powers

An honest exploration of modern-day warfare and its impact on soldiers, written by a man with the heart and soul of a poet who has experienced action first hand.

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Cloud Atlas

by David Mitchell

Forget the film; the book is where it’s at.

Dazzling and imaginative, Cloud Atlas is like reading six novels in one, and yet somehow Mitchell avoids being either pretentious or intimidating.

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A Short History of Nearly Everything

by Bill Bryson

Because we all need a little help, from time to time, in the knowledge stakes.

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About the Contributor

Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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  • September 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Wow, all really heavy (some literally!) books… I don’t think those will get my hubby to read -they sound & look too intimidating to start him off on his reading journey.

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