World Book Day

Though it can often feel this way, and so it should as we grow as readers and indeed people, our favourite books, I think, are not the ones that we’re reading at the moment and love, but those that have shaped our reading and our lives. Here’s five books, in no particular order, that have stayed with me and shaped mine thus far:


Blood and Sand Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

Within a Budding Grove Marcel Proust

The Trial Franz Kafka

Death in the Afternoon Ernest Hemingway

Moominpappa at Sea Tove Jansson


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Here’s some picks by other Open Penners:

Anna Harvey (Executive Editor) picks The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

James King (Online Editor) picks The Road by Cormac McCarthy


Celebrate World Book Day by getting down to your local bookshop and buying yourself a book that, might, in time, shape your life.


Sean Preston, Editor of Open Pen Magazine.


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