Margaret Mitchell, Leo Tolstoy, Marian Keyes or DIY?

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Margaret Mitchell, Leo Tolstoy, Marian Keyes or DIY?

It’s a tough one, but which book would you bag if asked to choose? And please don’t say the latter

Sunday Times Book Editor

I recently contemplated that old chestnut: which book would you take to a bunker, desert island or prepper spot in New Zealand?

It came up when my partner and I were watching The Outsiders. We decided to download it because I couldn’t believe he had never read or heard of the 1967 book written by a then 15-year-old SE Hinton, on which the movie is based. A novel I must have read more than 20 times when I was 13 years old. Nor had he heard of the 1983 classic melodrama directed by Francis Ford Coppola until we listened to a podcast, Meeting Tom Cruise (which is good fun if you think Cruise is the greatest movie star of all time, which he really is). 

The movie is in every way inadequate when compared with the book, but it’s a classic for a reason — it launched the careers of not only a toothy Cruise, but also Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio and C Thomas Howell, who, strangely, played the lead, Ponyboy Curtis. ..

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