Top 10: Books that Make You Think

These books have kept the cogs turning in my head long after I’ve finished reading:

Dealing with both the Holocaust and the American Civil Rights Movement, The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman made me think about the end result of prejudice and the unbelievable things humans are capable of doing to one another.

 

 

Both Peter Docker’s The Waterboys and Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance tell the story of the white invasion of Australian and the decimation of the indigenous way of life, and both offer thought-provoking glimpses into how differently things might have gone.

 

Ann Patchett offers a rare insight into the lives of terrorists in her riveting and heartbreaking novel Bel Canto, which makes you think a little more deeply about a complex and multi-faceted issue.

 

 

Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad made me think a lot about the relationship between ageing, loss and regret.

 

 

The horrific world of Cormac McCarthy’s dystopian masterpiece The Road makes you question how far you’d be prepared to go to survive. Cannibalism, anyone?

 

 

Meg Mundell’s Black Glass got me thinking about the insidious nature of surveillance; Big Brother really IS watching you.

 

 

Reading Joan Didion’s memoir The Year of Magical Thinking I had to try my darndest NOT to think about what it would be like to lose my husband and child.

 

 

Stephen Daisley’s Traitor puts the horror and futility of war front and centre.

 

 

And finally, though I rarely read non-fiction, John Robbins’ Food Revolution convinced me to return to a (mostly) vegetarian diet. Not so much food for thought, as thought for food.

 

Well, that’s my top ten. What are the books that have really made you think?

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