In his introduction to John Berger's 'Selected Essays', Geoff Dyer writes, "it is not enough simply to lobby for Berger's name to be printed more prominently on an existing map of literary reputations; his example urges us fundamentally to alter its shape."
The writers and books that matter to me are the ones that redraw the maps.
These pages are a personal reading list, including many of the texts I end up referring to in talks. It is not intended as any kind of canon, only a record of how I got my bearings.
Where texts are available online, I have linked to them - please let me know if you find a dead link. For books, the link goes to Amazon, because I can't work out a way to link to your local independent bookshop.