World Book Day – A List of my Favourite Books


In honour of World book day I thought I’d share a list (in alphabetical order) of my favourite 87 books, chosen either for the enjoyment of reading them or their effect on the way I think. I know I have forgotten loads of them so I shall probably have to keep adding to it, but this is it for now.


A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Crime and Punishment – Fydor Dostoyevski
Discipline and Punish – Michel Foucault
Disgrace – J M Coetze
Free Association – Steven Berkoff
Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D H Lawrence
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
Money – Martin Amis
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Scoop – Evelyn Waugh
Teleny – Oscar Wilde
The Age of Reason – Jean Paul Satre
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
The Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
The Deer Park – Norman Mailer
The Doors of Perception – Aldous Huxley
The Fall – Albert Camus
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings – Edgar Allen Poe
The Life and Loves of a She Devil – Fay Weldon
The Lovely Bones – Alice Seebold
The No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander Macall Smith
The Plague – Albert Camus
The Prime of Life – Simone de Beauvoir
The Rebel – Albert Camus
The Stepford Wives _ Ira Levin
The Story of the Eye – Gerorges Bataille
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
Ulysses – James Joyce (unfinished!)
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
White Teeth – Zadie Smith


Non Fiction:

A Taste for Pain – Maria Marcus
A Vindication of the Rights of Women – Mary Wollstonecraft
Against All Gods – A C Grayling
An Actor Prepares – Constantin Stanislavski
An Intimate History of Humanity – Theodore Zeldin
Camera Lucida – Roland Barthes
Close Relationships – Pamela Regan
Cultural Studies: A Critical Introduction – S. During
Dirty looks – Pamela Church Gibson
Easy Way to Control Alcohol – Allen Carr
Eroticism – Georges Bataille
Feel the Fear and do it anyway – Susan Jeffers
Gender Trouble – Judith Butler
Hardcore – Linda Williams
In Praise of Idleness – Bertrand Russell
In the Shadow of the Silent Majority – Jean Baudrillard
Inclusive Masculinity: The Changing Nature of Masculinities – Eric Anderson
Intersetionality – Patrick Grazanka
Michel Foucault: Power/Knowledge – C. Gordon
Mythologies – Roland Barthes
Nudes, Prudes and Attitudes – Avedon Carol
On the Geneaology of Morals – Friedrich Nietzsche
Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements – Michael Messner
Post-structuralism and Postmodernism – M Sarup
Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction – C Belsey
Privilege – Michael Kimmel and Abby Ferber (Eds)
Promiscuities – Naomi Wolf
Public Rape: Representing Violation in Fiction and Film – Tanya Horeck
Queer Attachments: The Cultural Politics of Shame – Sally Munt
Sexually Aggressive Women – Anderson & Struckman-Johnson
Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men – Lynne Segal
TA Today – I Stewart and V Joines
Telling Sexual Stories – Ken Plummer
The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf
The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
The Invisible Sex: The True Roles of Women in Prehistory – Adovasio, Soffer & Page
The Male Body – Susan Bordo
The Morning After – Katie Roiphe
The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity/Infidelity in Animals & People – D Barash & J Lipton
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol – Andy Warhol
The Poetics of Space – Gaston Bachelard
The Problems of Philosophy – Bertrand Russell
The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir
The Second Wave: A Feminist Reader – L Nicholson (Ed)
The Social Psychology of Gender – L Rudman & P Glick
The Transmission of Affect – Teresa Brennan
The World as Will and Idea – Arthur Schopenhauer
Ways of Seeing – John Berger
Women on Top – Nancy Friday

About annaarrowsmith

I am Britain's first and most acclaimed female adult film director, with lots of scenes written, directed and produced by myself and several awards under my belt. After 2 decades of production and distribution experience, I recently completed a PhD in Gender Studies that focuses on men's experiences of women's power in dating relationships. I know an awful lot about film-making and about gender. You might have seen me in the British media...
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