The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is Roxanne Missingham's book she'll never forget.
The book I’ll never forget
Whether it's Mills and Boon, a graphic novel or the memoirs of a political leader, there's always that one book that sticks with you.
Here's what some of our graduates and students had to say.
"I have a confession, I love reading for the discovery of new worlds and reinterpretation of the past.
While I love most new books I read (and highly recommend Barbara Dawson this year), The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the one I won't forget.
It's narrated by Death, it is so cool and unexpected.
Love, life, death all come together through a superb Australian writer."
Roxanne Missingham, BSc '76
"For me it's Macbeth, but is that a book?
It's such a completely different work to what I would normally read.
I played the lead role in a performance a few years ago and it really intrigued me.
I originally felt like Shakespeare was a little bit outdated but if you present his work in a new way, people want to take notice."
Michael Hunyh, BA (Digital Arts) '06
"Christabel Bielenberg's The Past is Myself is a remarkable account of an English woman's life in Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
Married to a German who becomes part of the resistance to Hitler, she describes the difficulties facing an individual trying to maintain any personal integrity under such a dictatorial regime.
Her description of the last days of the Nazi regime when every person had to choose the moment when it was safe to take down the ubiquitous picture of Hitler, while diehard fanatics roamed the streets summarily executing 'traitors', is unforgettable."
Professor Joan Beaumont, ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award
"As weird as it sounds, I have to say the Harry Potter books are my all-time favourite.
Yes they aren't academic books but they got me into reading and inspired my imagination.
Like so many other teenagers, the characters grew up at the same time I did and the books were there as I went through life's challenges.
I'll probably be laughed out of ANU now but it's true."