The Book That Made Me

Books are powerful things. They can introduce us to new ideas. Give us the courage to do what we couldn’t do before.
Even transform our lives completely.

The Book That Made Me… is an ongoing collection of stories about lives that have been changed by books.

Whatever the story (and whatever the book), anyone can submit their own story online or in any Waterstones bookshop. Or, if you’re just looking for some inspiration, take a look through other people’s stories.

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I read this book in my early 20s.  Before "The Color Purple" I'd read thousands of books but not one had featured a black character.  Not one.  "The Color Purple" was a revelation on many levels.  - Malorie Blackman 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

As a child, Little Women shaped me in ways I’m still tracing back, even now. At the age of 12, Jo March was the first girl I’d met in a book who wanted to write – who wrote both because she was poor, and because she had to; because writing was what gave her pleasure, and made her “her”.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

It’s an inspirational novel, like watching and reading a great silent movie. It took the ceiling off for how illustrations can enhance the text and inspired me in creating my own illustrated series.
- James Peterson

What They Teach at Harvard School by Philip Delves

This book taught me to never give up, and that dreams do happen, and that we should never take life for granted. This book kept me writing, even when I wanted to give up. - John Green