Release Date: September 1st 2016.
Publisher: Walker Books Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A book for book lovers!
The Book That Made Me is a celebration of the books that influenced some of the most acclaimed authors from Australia and the world. Inspirational. Affecting.
A perfect collection of personal stories for book lovers!
Personal stories by fantastic authors such as Markus Zusak, Jaclyn Moriarty, Shaun Tan, Mal Peet, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Simon French, Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell, Bernard Beckett, Ursula Dubosarsky, Rachael Craw, Sue Lawson, Felicity Castagna, Benjamin Law, Cath Crowley, Kate Constable, James Roy, Alison Croggon, Will Kostakis and Randa Abdel-Fattah. Also features black and white cartoons by Shaun Tan!
All royalties from the sale of the book will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The book will also include the ILF logo and information about the organisation.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Book That Made Me. Full of wonderful authors that I love, The Book That Made Me tells the story of the book or books, that made the author who they are today, and made them want to be a writer.
I found each story equally intriguing. It is full of great writers, so of course the stories in the book are great, full of humour, wit, and truth. If you are a writer you will enjoy this book. If you are a reader, you will enjoy this book. And after reading each of their stories, I wanted to go and hunt down each of the books I hadn’t heard of before and read them myself. The editor includes a handy list of all the books mentioned in the back, so that helps make that easier.
Another thing I loved about this were the illustrations dispersed throughout by Shaun Tan. He asked some random strangers ‘Why do you read?’ and then illustrated the answers, which were funny and insightful. Readers are fascinating people.
And to top it all off the royalties from the sale of this book go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which is a great cause.
I highly recommend this book. Not only will you get an insight into your favourite authors (and see their baby/childhood photos too) you are sure to discover new authors to fall in love with.
You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.