Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Which Book Changed your Life? #ThisBook

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction have just asked us all a question:

Which book, written by a woman, has impacted, shaped or changed your life?

From the inspirational to the intimate, they want readers across the nation to share the novel that most impacted, shaped or changed their life. To get the conversation started, they've invited 19 successful women from business, fashion, art, film, television and music to share the novel that helped them see the world differently.

What would your choice be?

Mine would have to be The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett, first published in 1911, but the tale itself is timeless. Here's my battered, cherished and hugged copy!

I love the book partly because I adore SECRETS (and beautiful gardens), but also because of the transformations in the book. As the garden blossoms, so do the relationships and the children in the story shift on their own journeys from closure to openness, darkness to light, revealing the power of the human spirit to heal. I love the uplifting nature of the book and the way the garden holds the key.

Fancy joining the conversation?  Just tell Baileys on Twitter about the book, written by a woman, that has had the most impact on you, using the hashtag #ThisBook – and don’t forget to add @BaileysPrize.

Or let me know your choice here – I’d love to know WHY a certain book has stayed with you.

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AJ Waines is the author of Psychological Thrillers:  The Evil Beneath and Girl on a Train.
Both books went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts.