Alex Grecian: 5 books everyone should read before they die

Aug 9, 2012
Alex Grecian

"I bought many copies of this and passed them out to friends" - Author Alex Grecian picks five essential reads

1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig 
A journey through identity and fatherhood that changed me when I was 20. I can’t read it again, but I’m glad I read it once.

2. The Man in my Basement by Walter Mosley 
Anniston Bennet asks Charles Blakey to imprison him in Blakey’s basement. They talk. Blakey’s life changes. He grows up. I bought many copies and passed them out to friends.

3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy 
A father and son trek across post-Apocalyptic America. Lean, muscular prose that will break your heart.

4. Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
A haunted boy’s view of his brilliant but crazy father who brings ice to Central America. Everyone there calls him ‘Father’ too, but he buckles under the burden of responsibility.

5. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
After all the angst of the previous four novels, a feel-good fatherhood book for modern men. No travelling necessary.

Alex Grecian’s The Yard (Michael Joseph, £12.99) is out now