World Book Day – 10 great books that have changed the world (arguably)!

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If you have kids you may be aware that today is World Book Day – the first Thursday of March in the UK and the 23rd April everywhere else. Your kids’ schools will have been talking about it for weeks now so you can’t miss it!  While this event may be skewed a little more towards children than adults, it’s a perfect opportunity to brush up on your own reading and add a few classics to your mental library.

Here’s our list of 10 books that are certainly of immense historical interest or recognised for their literacy brilliance and, arguably, have changed the world:

  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.  Written in the 14th century, this collection of tales brought to life characters and stories that still remain popular today, and is one of the most read studies in the world.
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence.  This book is about an aristocratic woman who commits adultery with a working class man which was banned in the UK due to the sexual content and language used.  The book brought the idea of censorship to light and helped overthrow it.
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville.  This now-famous book is about a man’s hunt for the great whale and is considered one of the greatest novels. The book is heavy on symbolism and detailing of the whaling industry.
  • 1984 by George Orwell.  The novel describes life in a totalitarian regime that has stripped people of their rights.  The themes have now become part of modern life such as ‘big brother’
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.  This landmark book details the days of a Jewish family hiding from the Nazis in Holland. It has become a symbol of the reminder against racial persecution.
  • On the origin of Species by Charles Darwin.  This work is the foundation for the theory of evolution.  The thoughts and observations Darwin made in this book were revolutionary in his time and still continue to be studied and debated today.
  • The Bible.  This book bought Christianity to the world and has continued to serve as a source of inspiration for millions of people. It is the most translated and most frequently purchased book in the world.
  • The Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson.  This book is considered to be the most influential dictionary of the English Language and compiled over nine years.
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.  William Shakespeare is known as one of the greatest writers in the world and plays an important part in today’s modern culture.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Published in 1960 and based on the serious issues of race inequality and rape, it was immediately successful and has become a classic of modern times.

What’s your your opinion? Tweet us @TMCC_UK and we’ll compile and share a list of responses!

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