Books have always excited me, and helped me place my tiny life in the great stream of events and ideas. One of the things that first attracted me to my wife was her bookshelf—there were books I’d already read, some I’d been meaning to read, and a few intriguing titles I’d never heard of.
The book that influenced me most is Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, which I read when I was eight. The book’s delirious dream logic delighted and unsettled me. I gave my copy to my daughter with my name scrawled in coloured pencil.