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World Book Day: What books inspired you?

02 March 2017
To celebrate World Book Day we asked QUAD staff what books they found most inspiring. Let us know yours in the comments or via Twitter @derbyquad

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness- an awesome novel about growing up and morality in a world where everyone can hear everyone else’s thought- a scary idea!” - Hope, Visitor Services Assistant

“Boy Daryn: The Cone-Gatherers by Robin Jenkins “He was at it in the woods” A lovely book about the ease of lies to destroy a life. 
Teenage Daryn: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, a book I was obsessed with as a teenager. It’s arguments on freedom introduced extreme shades of grey that have always been an element of my thinking. 
Student Daryn: Goodbye, Mr Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut.  
Adult Daryn: 1982, Janine by Alistair Gray. A depiction of the full mental, emotional, artistic and romantic failure of modern man and his obsession with self-mythologizing.” - Daryn Shepherd, Facilities Officer

“Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 
And lately: Do No Harm by Henry Marsh – adventures in brain surgery.” - Peter Bonnell, Senior Curator

To Kill a Mockingbird. We studied it at school when I was around 14 and opened my eyes to the horrors of prejudice as well as the true heroism in Atticus Finch.” - Darius, TechsQUAD 

“I also have to say To Kill A Mockingbird – read at school it had a massive effect on my teenage mind. Atticus’s advice on walking around in someone else’s skin is something that has stayed with me since.” - Margaret, Accounts Manager

“A book I read and have reread fairly recently really stayed with me was a book on the history of the CIA. Legacy Of Ashes: The History Of The CIA really highlighted how little I knew about the history of the past 50-100 years.” - Adam, Cinema Programmer

“I was a pretty boring child, and started reading loads of the classics while still at Primary school, including Animal Farm, George Orwell which I would say set my politics for life. Another one from primary school – The Machine Stops, EM Forster is a prophetic & dystopian short story that is even more relevant & well worth a read now. I also think The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck was quite an eye-opener for me as a teenager - set in the American depression and their desperate poverty.” - Kathy, Marketing Manager

“One the books I kind of come back to L’Etranger By Albert Camus, I read it first when I was at Uni and although quite a dark book I found it so relevant to how I was feeling and my belief system. It was basically the start of learning more and finding out about my culture and celebrating the Algerian part of me” - Nolly, FORMAT Marketing Coordinator

“I absolutely loved Billy Liar at school… As an adult I’ve found that the Reader’s Digest DIY Manual is invaluable!!! Plus any kind of history about scientific discovery – science, yay!” - Sandra, Education Curator

“Undoubtedly; Fahrenheit 451. Continually relevant and it inspired me to embark on a classic literature reading marathon where I discovered a love for Shakespeare. For which, I am eternally grateful.” - Matthew, Assistant Finance Manager

Wuthering Heights – first read for GCSE English Lit, but have read it a few times since then. And… have just finished reading When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi. This is a memoir, the author Paul was a neurosurgeon, at 36 and half way through his training he is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he dies before he can complete the book but despite the sad subject matter it’s well worth a read.  He contemplates his choice of career and what makes life worth living in the face of death, very thoughtful.” - Lucy, HR Manager

"I am going to choose a recent read that has inspired me, Paddle your own Canoe by Actor Nick Offerman. Funny, honest, passionate and unconventional." - Adam, Chief Executive