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'On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience' by Henry David Thoreau changed my life.
'31 Songs' by Nick Hornby changed the way I listen to and appreciate music.
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Betty eadie interviewed on television about her near death experience wrote her book embraced by the light . It was beautifully written and so fascinating listening to what had happened to her I bought the book , I still have it. Written about 20 yrs ago . My first insight into near death experiences and since then have heard of many more .
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'The Women's Room' by Marilyn French. Although I was over 40 years old when I first read it, it was a revelation to me. It made me realise that the things that had happened to me, my family, my friends and others I knew about were not confined to a small area of Derbyshire, Greater Manchester or even England, but to women all over the world!
Exactly the same incidents, situations, phrases and excuses used in America as here. Woman are casually and systematically abused, terrorised and murdered by ordinary men, who believe it is their right as masters of the human race, to order and be obeyed, with indisputable rights of punishment if they are not.
From that day on, I began to work to support women and challenge the status quo, whenever a case arose. In the few decades since then, there has been progress. The war against gender inequality is very far from won but there has been some progress, particularly in the West but, even here, there is still a long way to go.
'The Women's Room' opened a lot of eyes, not just mine. Marilyn French deserves more recognition than she has received for publicising what had previously been an almost secret world wide holocaust of dead and damaged women. She deserves more recognition than she has received.
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19-03-2016, 05:18 PM
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It is easy to say today,and with hindsight, but when I was 16 I read a paperback about psychology-the name escapes me. Life was not easy back then,hated home and was about to embark on a bit too much weed and sod the homework.

Eventually I got there. Got a PhD and then thought-what should I do now??-That question remains unanswered.
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The book that changed it all for me was The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell. An absolutely astonishing book about, inequality, poverty and early socialism.

One day a secretary I worked with handed back this book to another guy at work, I casually asked what it was about. The guy's father had been an active member of the Trade Union movement. I asked him if I could read it - he said I could keep it and to this day it is prominent on my bookshelf.

As a result of reading this I went back to university aged 30 and studied social policy research. I am a committed socialist, I believe as a direct result of this book. It shapes all my views about the world.
An excellent book and some things are still the same today.
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I haven't had a book that has changed my life but I have read one that had me in tears, sitting around the pool on holiday. Not a good look for a guy. Luckily I had my sunglasses on.

The book was A thousand splendid suns.
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50 Shades of Grey!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

P.S. No, I have not read it, sheesh
i have read all 3 books and have picked up a few tips
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25-03-2016, 07:14 PM
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The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris and
Women are from Venus Men are from Mars by John Gray (boring in parts but what an eye-opener!)


Many have reduced me to tears.... but that wasn't the question..
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I think the book that changed my life was the first one I read.

From that point on knowing that I could pick up a book and be transported to anywhere on this world or another in any timezone was the most wonderful of feelings.
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'The Women's Room' by Marilyn French. Although I was over 40 years old when I first read it, it was a revelation to me. It made me realise that the things that had happened to me, my family, my friends and others I knew about were not confined to a small area of Derbyshire, Greater Manchester or even England, but to women all over the world!
Exactly the same incidents, situations, phrases and excuses used in America as here. Woman are casually and systematically abused, terrorised and murdered by ordinary men, who believe it is their right as masters of the human race, to order and be obeyed, with indisputable rights of punishment if they are not.
From that day on, I began to work to support women and challenge the status quo, whenever a case arose. In the few decades since then, there has been progress. The war against gender inequality is very far from won but there has been some progress, particularly in the West but, even here, there is still a long way to go.
'The Women's Room' opened a lot of eyes, not just mine. Marilyn French deserves more recognition than she has received for publicising what had previously been an almost secret world wide holocaust of dead and damaged women. She deserves more recognition than she has received.
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