To celebrate World Book Day, the keen readers at Clearbox have arrived for work this morning armed with some of our favourite books to share with the team.From literary classics to 'fiction based on fact', here's our rundown of some of our most loved books. Happy World Book Day!John's Top 3The Damned United The best book about football (that's not really about football) you'll ever read, the Damned United tells the story of Brian Clough's doomed 44 day reign as Leeds United manager in 1974. Written by the brilliant David Peace, the book uses a 'faction' approach to tell the story, combining fiction and fact to paint the picture of the rise, fall and rise of Clough.Lord of the FliesLord of the Flies needs little introduction or explanation. A group of school boys survive a plane crash and end up on a desert island. Relations break down and the absence of order or authority causes murderous chaos. It's a fascinating read, written by the legendary William Golding, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.Fever PitchA true love story - boy meets football team, falls in love and they live happily ever after. Sort of.The first novel from Nick Hornby is a semi-autobiographical tale of the author's love for Arsenal FC and how this love evolves as he grows up, gets a job and how the team's performance impacts on his relationships. If you've ever been head over heels about a sports club, then this book is for you.Anna's Top 3Black BeautyNo horse lover's top 3 books would be complete without Black Beauty. This is one of the first novels I ever read. I love that the story is told in the horse's own words and the empathy this creates for the characters in the book. Anna Sewell wrote Black Beauty to illustrate the abuse of horses and I like to think that anyone who has read the book would treat horses with greater kindness. A beautiful and timeless classic.Pride and PrejudiceMy favourite Jane Austen book, Pride and Prejudice is a beautiful love story. It's suspenseful, dramatic and funny with an irresistible romance that develops between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. I've lost count of how many times I've read this book but it never grows old and Mr Darcy remains my number one literary crush.Gone With the WindI love a book that I can't put down and Gone With the Wind is that for me. Scarlett O'Hara is my favourite heroine of all time - maybe because I see a lot of myself in her. The story is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and tells the unconventional love story of the high spirited Scarlett and the roguish Rhett Butler. Love, war, heartache, loss and desperation; this book has it all.
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