Is it possible to have a favourite book of all time?

People ask this all the time and it’s difficult to answer, but there is one novel that will always be a go-to for me

I always feel like a kid in the deadlights (a reference to Stephen King’s It explaining how the children were killed by Pennywise) when someone asks me if I have read anything good lately or what my favourite book is. I stumble over my words, trying to remember titles, authors’ names, and start to wonder if I do indeed have a favourite novel of all time? They also ask me to recommend books, which I can, but only if I know a little bit about them and their interests...

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