I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I first read Wuthering Heights as a teenager, and since then, I’ve read it many more times – on each reading I see something fresh. Reading this book has indeed altered the colour of my mind. It inspired my second thriller, The Stolen Child, which is set on Ilkley Moor, not far from where the Brontes grew up,
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I feared these books would be dull, staid and part of the establishment that I was so busy rebelling against; and then I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
What have you read that’s changed your life?