Books which made me think

A student of mine on the Film course at SAE Institute London paid me a lovely compliment this week. He asked me if I could recommend any books which would make him think, as he was “bored” with the ones he had. We had already been discussing the use of symbolism in the Halifax Western TV commercial which I storyboarded a few years ago, and 1984 by George Orwell, to give a bit of context.

I thought about it for ten minutes—I love recommending books—and came up with the following, in no particular order:

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (rough guide to science)

10 Billion by Stephen Emmott (environmental science)

Dispatches by Michael Herr (vietnam war journalist)

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert M Pirsig (psychology, autobiography)
Stalingrad by Antony Beevor (military history)
Supergods by Grant Morrison  (autobiography)
A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs  (memoir/autobiography)
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Fiction
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
1984 by George Orwell
anything by Iain M Banks
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Graphic Novels
Promethea by Alan Moore and others
All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
The Mice by Roger Mason (ahem)
Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon