Still Life with Books — Henri Matisse (1890)

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, an exploration of the foundational books that shaped some of your favourite writers here on Substack.

Every post is penned by a guest writer, each discussing a book that played a pivotal role in their life.

These aren't necessarily their favourite reads, but the ones that left a lasting mark on their psyche, influencing who they are today. Through these stories, we seek to celebrate the transformative power of literature and inspire readers to reflect on their own influences. And perhaps we'll each stumble upon new reads that, in time, we can say played a part in defining who we are.

Here, we believe that reading is not just a pastime, but an experience that shapes our identity, our perspective, and the way we navigate the world.

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