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“Libraries gave us power” (Manic Street Preachers).
Libraries (public or private): Toute la Mémoire du Monde, Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, Curious George: a Day at the Library, Prospero’s Books, L’Important c’est d’Aimer, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore, Shawshank Redemption, Wings of Desire, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Se7en, The Mummy (1999), The Name of the Rose, Beauty and the Beast, The Pagemaster, My Fair Lady, Harry Potter, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Ipcress File, The Day of the Jackal, Blackmail, Kes, Squid and the Whale.
Mobile libraries: Sleep Furiously (van), Biblioburro (donkey)
Librarians: Only Two Can Play, Celine and Julie go Boating, Last Life in the Universe, Hunting Flies, Desk Set, The Music Man, Wetherby, It’s a Wonderful Life, Last Life in the Universe, Margie.
Bookshops/sellers: Hugo, Bookstalls, 84 Charing Cross Road, Boudu Saved from Drowning, Funny Face, Vertigo, Desperado, You’ve Got Mail, Apres Lui, Crossing Delancey, The Tokyo Siblings, Au Revoir Taipei, Man Bait, The Red Room, On the Line, El Kotbia, Un Coeur en Hiver, The Big Sleep, To Be or Not to Be, Notting Hill, The Neverending Story, When Harry Met Sally, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Midnight in Paris, Heaven’s Bookstore, Black Books (TV).
Book-centred: Fahrenheit 451, The Ninth Gate.
Scenes with books: Eugenie de Sade, The Turin Horse, The Colour of Pomegranates, The Cook the Thief his Wife and her Lover, Stalker, Pierrot le Fou, Film Socialisme.
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll)
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
The Cricket in Times Square (Selden)
Dark Days (Baldwin- Penguin collection)
The Dark Philosophers (Gwyn Thomas)
Evening Clouds (Shono)
The Garden of Forking Paths – short (Borges)
The House of the Spirits (Allende)
I am a Cat (Soseki)
I Have Not Forgotten You (Dumon) *
Jacques le Fataliste (Diderot) *
Jude the Obscure (Hardy)
The Life of Rebecca Jones (Price)
The Little Prince (St Exupéry) *
Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez) *
Madame Bovary (Flaubert)
Manon Lescaut (Prévost)
The Miracle of Mindfulness (Thich)
My Uncle Napoleon (Pezeshkzad) *
Nature Diary (Whiteley)
9/11 Contradictions (Griffin)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Orwell)
The Penguin Lessons (Mitchell)
The Pillow Book (Shonagon)
The Rings of Saturn (Sebald) *
Snow Country (Kawabata)
Street of Crocodiles (Schwarz)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Potter)
Three Men in a Boat (Jerome)
Tom Jones (Fielding) *
Tristram Shandy (Sterne)
The Wind in the Willows (Grahame) **
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Murakami) *
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (Suzuki)
Hay-on-Wye/ Y Gelli, town of books
Suggestions welcome, especially from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe. Below is a selection.Read less