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My favourite reads: Faisal Salah

These are five books that I love, that are a permanent fixture on my shelf and that I would definitely read again

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson published by Orion. Courtesy Hachette
Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson published by Orion. Courtesy Hachette

I don’t read as many books as I should. I sure do watch a lot of films, though – 280 to 300 movies a year, in fact. But this column is about reading, so these are five books that I love, that are a permanent fixture on my shelf and that I would definitely read again.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (1990)

Jurassic Park the film, directed by Steven Spielberg, is my all-time favourite. I was told for years to read the book as it offers a different experience, and it certainly did. There’s no surprise at how imaginative and cinematic the film is – the book does more than half the work building that world. Dinosaurs are just as nail-biting on the page as they are on the screen.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling (1997)

I did say I don’t read that much. I suppose this proves it. I read Harry Potter at school, as it was assigned reading material. But that was the best part, to read something so exciting at the same time as all your friends, and being able to discuss it and wax lyrical about your favourite parts. The magical world built in the first book was easily accessible and wonderful to be in.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)

I first heard of Ready Player One when it was announced that Steven Spielberg (can’t seem to escape him) was making a film based on the book. The premise sounded mad: Willy Wonka set in the future entirely inside a video game. I was more than intrigued, and I read the book about a year before the movie came out. It was a great experience.

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson (2008)

Growing up, I watched a lot of football with my dad, and I always tried to understand the deeper meaning behind the tactics. This beautifully written book has made the process of reading the game a joy. I certainly understand why I favour players such as Juan Roman Riquelme and Dennis Bergkamp over others.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson (1972)

Step into the hazy drug-induced world of Raoul Duke and his trusty lawyer Dr Gonzo. Willingly lose control and allow yourself to be taken over by the colourful and monstrous creatures painted vividly with unrelenting words and phrases. Take it all on and then let it simmer. It is an experience unlike any other.

Faisal Salah is a social media journalist for The National

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