Our Favourite Books | International Literacy Day 2016


Happy International Literacy Day everyone! As publishers, we here at Matthew James love nothing more than talking about books; especially our favourites. Of course, we love all of our own books but, just like with children, you can’t pick the one you like the most.

So, with that in mind, we (myself, James and Kyle) thought we’d tell you a little about our own favourite books.


As a huge Sci-Fi fan, 1984 was one of those titles that just begged to be read. It was high up on my list, along with Dune and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? But I was still well into my adult life before I picked up a copy. I have never known a book have such a physical effect on me before or since.

1984 sets the reader down in a damp, dystopian landscape that seems to be at once wholly disturbing and at the same time disturbingly familiar. The protagonist, Winston, also straddles the line between relatable and detestable, very much a flawed hero, but it was always the scenery painted by Orwell that kept me firmly integrated into the story.

I have read many ‘good’ books in my time, but once in a while, you get to read a game-changer, a book that you judge other books by, a book that you judge yourself with. 1984 isn’t just an eerily accurate representation of the way that our society is heading, it’s an open door on the human condition.




My favourite book is The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger. I’ve loved this book since the first time I picked it up a few years ago during a summer holiday and have read it multiple times since then.

It tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy coming to terms with the real world after being kicked out of his prep school. While the book is set in the 1950’s, the book still remains relevant to people today, particularly teenagers and young adults who can sympathise and relate to some of the things Holden is going through.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who asks and may have to read it again soon.







Jack Kerouac is the kind of flawed genius that ruled the ‘beat’ era of literature in the 50s and 60s and On The Road is, for me, his greatest work. On The Road follows Sal Paradise and his friend Dean Moriarty. Sal, a writer, is drawn in by the charismatic Dean and their lives intertwine as they, separately, leave the hustle and bustle of New York in search of “it”.

Ever the follower to Dean’s manic and free-spirited Pied Piper, Sal Paradise not only echoes Kerouac but the reader themselves. The story, written as if a stream of consciousness, drags the reader along on these wild and crazy adventures  in search of “it”. A search that often see the pair leaving disruption (and destruction) in their wake.

On The Road is a classic. It’s a book that has inspired everyone from Bob Dylan to Russell Brand and certainly had that effect on me too. It was the perfect book to ‘find’ in my late teens/early twenties and it still sticks with me to this day.




In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 to be International Literacy Day. Since this proclamation, schools, communities, and organisations have united around the world on this day to raise awareness in the hope that it will enable increased accessibility to education in developing nations.

For more visit http://worldliteracyfoundation.org