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The HarperCollins 200
Why I Read
Inside The Archives
Piers Paul Read
Story of an epic scientific quest, which won British Book of the Year in 1997.
A book that influenced me and why:
by George Eliot.
A bestselling phenomenon and classic memoir of prison breaks and adventure.
Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
The most magical phrase I knew as a child was “Once upon a time” because those four words meant a story was coming.
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
A multimillion-copy benchmark of adventure/survival nonfiction.
Seven Years in Tibet
A landmark in travel writing, it has been translated into fifty-three languages.
Empire of the Sun
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
Why I write: Some years ago, although enjoying great success, I was accused by certain literary critics of repeating myself too much in my work.
I owe my mother everything.
The Hunt for Red October
Clancy’s debut novel launched a spectacular career and introduced the world to a new hero, Jack Ryan.
Coming of Age in Samoa
A classic that brought science and literature together for both scholars and the general public.
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.
The Boys of Summer
Beloved sports classic published to immediate critical success about Ebbets Field and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Love and War in the Apennines
The early life story of a man who would become one of Britain’s best-loved literary adventurers.