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The HarperCollins 200
Why I Read
Inside The Archives
I have always been a writer.
A book that influenced me and why:
by George Eliot.
Coming of Age in Samoa
A classic that brought science and literature together for both scholars and the general public.
Story of an epic scientific quest, which won British Book of the Year in 1997.
I write out of compulsion. “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner,” as Alan Sillitoe remarked—the exhilaration and discipline of the run; the finish line unknown until you get there.
Life on Earth
Established Sir David as a foremost naturalist and an iconic and beloved figure in British cultural life.
I read because I dream of having a super power.
Multimillion-copy bestseller that helped launch a wave of interest in behavioral economics and statistics.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Pulitzer Prize winner; considered one of the classic works of creative nonfiction of the late twentieth century.
Its remarkable interaction between the author and a lion cub named Elsa enchanted generations.
Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
Fermat’s Last Theorem
International number one bestseller about solving a puzzle that had confounded mathematicians since the seventeenth century.
The Kon-Tiki Expedition
This classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage has been translated into sixty-five languages.