Author Eric Veille quit smoking with Allen Carr’s Easyway and includes it in the five books that mattered to him. Extract:
“My top five books: Eric Veille
When I started this walk down literary memory lane to answer questions about the books I wouldn’t part with, the first book I thought of is a lost book… I read it as a child, the approximate title was Tales and Legends of the Sea and it fascinated me. It narrated the legend of The Flying Dutchman and other sailors’ stories. The book allowed any doubt to persist on whether it told true stories or fictions; I think it is this porous border between reality and imagination I enjoyed so much. I have never found this book again, either in bookstores or on the internet and maybe it is better this way… Who knows if it ever really existed?
But here are the five books that really matter for me, each in their own way:
The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr …. casually changed my life! I never touched a cigarette after reading it and I started dancing instead…..
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Swann’s Way, volume one of In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
Disgrace by John Maxwell Coetzee
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Eric Veille is a French author and illustrator of children’s books, who recently released Encyclopedia of Grannies.”