And the question is why?
Not why did they send me the list but why are these particular books so essential?
I gave it a quick once over and my heart sank. Nothing quirky, non-obvious, outside the canon. The first title was To Kill A Mockingbird.
I was watching an interview with Patrick DeWitt yesterday and he was saying you've got to find the books that speak to you. He was largely self-educated, he says, which meant he dodged the canon.
It doesn't seem to have hobbled his writing skills.
I'm on his team, totally...