Before you even think of starting to write...

During my Masters I was asked to write a list of books that any writer should read before they even consider starting to write, basing it on Hemingway's list that he gave to Arnold Samuelson.  I've since added to the list and will likely to continue doing so.


  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Strange Tales of from a Chinese Studio, Pu Songling (John Minford's translation)
  • Twilight or Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, Stephanie Meyer
  • Daddy Long-Legs, Jean Webster
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare
  • Arabian Nights, translated by Sir Richard Burton
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales, the Brothers Grimm
  • Paradise Lost, John Milton
  • Complete Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson
  • Poetry of Christina Rosetti
  • Being: The Diary of Virginia Woolf, edited by Leonard Woolf
  • Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitmas
  • The Harry Potter books
  • Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett
  • Any of the Poirot books, Agatha Christie
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • Mr Darcy's Diary, Amanda Grange
  • Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
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