The Torchlight List


by Jim Flynn

A professor for over 40 years, Jim Flynn found fewer and fewer of his students were in love with reading. However, they were willing to try if he would give them lists. This book is the definitive list: 200 works so wonderful to read and so revealing about times and places, they make learning enjoyable and effortless. The title is in honour of the author's 'uneducated' Irish family, who made him love reading - including an uncle who, as an able seaman during World War I, read by torchlight on board ship. Flynn begins by offering five novels he believes will convince anyone to make reading a habit - including one that will change their lives.

Coming soon The New Torchlight List, sequel to The Torchlight List.

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Print edition price: NZ $33
Ebook: US $11.99

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Reviews, interviews, author events

Torchlight review at Good Reads

The Torchlight List is a breathtaking and entertaining romp through the history of civilisation through books...There is something for everyone in this collection, but all will expand the mind. They take the reader beyond their day to day concerns into a magical realm of knowledge and imagination."
- Stephen Clark, Tomorrow's Schools Today

"Don't be fooled by the title of The Torchlight List. It can't be typecast with the nature of other 'list books' in the vein of 101 Things To Do Before You Die. The Torchlight List is the intellectual wise uncle of the list genre... You can tell you're reading the work of a thinker. Flynn's prose is as eloquently constructed as only an academic could be expected to produce."
- Katie Marriner, Ziwi

"The ultimate compliment readers can offer a writer, is that his book is so good they want to read it all over again. That's the reaction I had reading not just the main text of Jim Flynn's book, but the engaging and elegant preface in which he introduces himself, some of the more colourful members of his family - and his concerns about the decline in reading."
- Paul Smith, Kiwi Boomers

-The Otago Daily Times "An expert on intelligence and IQ who has been described as one of the most interesting and independent thinkers of his generation."

"...the 200 books that will teach you more than you learnt at university"
- Weekend Herald

"The ultimate reading list"
- Kia Ora

"A book to spur everyone to sample unfamiliar fields of writing, and to do so with a purpose"
- The Dominion Post

"One of the best books of the year"
- Sunday Star Times

Product details

ISBN: 978-0-9582916-9-9
Pages: 200
Format: paperback
Size/Weight: 178 x 128
Illustrations: includes index
Published: November 2010
Author(s): Jim Flynn