This week’s Post-apocalyptic reads is with author Ron Childress, who began writing short stories, then wrote his debut novel ‘And West is West’  (Amazon UK/ Amazon US) which was released in 2015.

Ron Childress’ Fallout 5:

1. The Histories by Herodotus: To remind me of how wide and mysterious the world was in the eyes of the ancients. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

the histories

2. In Search of Lost Time/ À la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust :There’s a one volume French edition with all six books. The challenge of translating it would keep me busy for years and the pleasure of savouring Proust’s language in the original would be wonderful. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

in search

3. The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker: Because who’s not going to need a few laughs at the end of the world. Plus, I was actually a New Yorker Cartoon Caption contest finalist (issue 5/5/14), though, sadly, I did not win. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

the newyorker

4. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen: To bring back what life in the U.S. was like before the apocalypse—remembering that it was published on the eve of 9/11, the apocalypse that changed America. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

the corrections


5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: Because I am yet to read this one and it is considered his best.  (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

anna karenina

You Suddenly have to run from the bunker, you can only save one book, which do you rescue?

the book I would grab on my way out of the bunker would be Anna Karenina. Though I admire War and Peacebeyond words, many writers consider Anna not only Tolstoy’s best work but the finest novel ever written . . . and, full disclosure, my bad, I haven’t yet read it!

For more from Ron Childress why not visit his website?

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