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World Book Day – your most inspiring reads

By March 7, 2014October 25th, 2016Blog post
Young refugee girl writing. Photo Refugee Action

This year, World Book Day got us thinking.  We all have our favourite books, but which ones are the most inspiring? And can reading a book really make you want to help others in need?

To find out, we asked Twitter.  And we got so many great suggestions, we’ve collected them together for this blog.  Take a look – you might find your next read…

Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

War Child – Emmanuel Jal

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nothing to Envy – Barbara Demick

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil – Hannah Arendt

‘Illegal’ Traveller: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders – Shahram Khosravi

Last Day of a Condemned Man – Victor Hugo

The Moon is Down – John Steinbeck

If This Is a Man – Primo Levi

The Patience Stone – Atiq Rahimi

Any title by Paulo Freire

The Spirit Level by Seamus Heaney

Out of Place – Edward Said

The Other Hand – Chris Cleave

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

I Am David – Ann Holm

Children of the Jacaranda Tree – Sahar Delijani

A Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela

Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman

An Ordinary Man – Paul Rusesabagina

Mental Fight: An Anti-Spell for the 21st Century – Ben Okri

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Ancestor Stones – Aminatta Forna

Austerlitz – W G Sebald

By The Sea – Abdulrazak Gurnah

Poetry by Maya Angelou, Wordsworth, and Martin Carter

Thanks to everyone who suggested books to us!  If we’ve missed your favourite, please add it below.