Books That Changed My Life
Reader's Digest UK|May 2021
Best-loved children’s author Terry Deary, the mastermind behind Horrible Histories, has written over 200 books. His latest, Horrible Histories: The Secret Diary of Henry VIII is out 6 May, (Scholastic).
Terry Deary

The Napoleon of Notting Hill by GK Chesterton

My school texts, like the Thomas Hardy we were forced to read, were so dull. When I came across this Chesterton book at the age of around 17, I realised that books could be exciting and create colourful new worlds. I understood that books didn’t have to be serious and filled with miserable heroes like Tess of the D’Urbervilles or the Mayor of Casterbridge. They can lead to a meeting with fantastical people. Chesterton made me a writer.

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