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I've been thinking about this a bit recently, having noticed that my ideas about what makes a good story and what doesn't are a bit individual. I The books I read and re-read, in the most distant and foggy memories were mixed, to say the least.

The Swallows and Amazons series, which had been important in my mother's childhood (one of the best things about visiting her parents was the complete set in hardback in the loft, which she has now, and I will keep when she's gone). Asterix, which always seemed far better than the British boy's comics of the early seventies, even if I didn't understand everything. The space exploration novels of Hugh Walters, which got their numbers approximately right. Those are the ones that stand out.

There isn't any TV among those, because we didn't have one until I was about nine. Once we had it ... it didn't seem important, somehow, the way it did to so many other kids. We watched it, but not watching it was always an option. Not getting habituated to TV-style plotting may have been one of the things contributing to my alienation.

What stories shaped you?

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