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'HERE are forty texts to read at some stage in your life: forty texts that can enrich you in all manner of ways. Some are recent, like Harry Potter; some ancient, like Homer and Lao Tzu. There are memoirs (Nelson Mandela), poetry (Les Murray) and many of the world’s great novels, from George Eliot’s Middlemarch to Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

'Our guide, in entertaining short essays about personal encounters with each of these works, is Michael McGirr: schoolteacher and former priest, reviewer of hundreds of novels and lifelong lover of literature. His humour and insight shine through in stories that connect the texts he has selected with each other, and connect us to them.

'Never prescriptive, and often very funny, this book is an invitation to reflect on—and share with others—the extraordinary gift of reading. ‘It is a gift that is taking me a lifetime to unwrap,’ McGirr writes. ‘The excitement has never worn off.''.

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2018 .
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      Extent: 288p.p.
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      • Published November 2018.

      ISBN: 9781925773149, 9781925774054

Works about this Work

[Review] Books That Saved My Life : Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure Colin Steele , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries , March no. 401 2019; (p. 42)

— Review of Books That Saved My Life : Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure Michael McGirr , 2018 selected work essay
Stories That Can Save Your Life Andrew Hamilton , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 21 October vol. 28 no. 21 2018;

'Teachers periodically express concern about the future of school libraries. Most attention is focused on underfunding and on the importance of libraries for the retrieval of information. Deeper questions about reading are often left undiscussed: Why should children be encouraged to read? What should they read? And how should they read?'  (Introduction)

[Review] Books That Saved My Life : Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure Colin Steele , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Biblionews and Australian Notes & Queries , March no. 401 2019; (p. 42)

— Review of Books That Saved My Life : Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure Michael McGirr , 2018 selected work essay
Stories That Can Save Your Life Andrew Hamilton , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 21 October vol. 28 no. 21 2018;

'Teachers periodically express concern about the future of school libraries. Most attention is focused on underfunding and on the importance of libraries for the retrieval of information. Deeper questions about reading are often left undiscussed: Why should children be encouraged to read? What should they read? And how should they read?'  (Introduction)

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