December 31 is always a time for reflection and for a writer it should be a time to sum up the writing projects for the year and (hopefully) make sure everything is ready to write/ edit/ draft in the new year. But, the festive season is also a time to hibernate and rest, especially from work! Today I read H G Wells novella, the Time Machine, one of my favourites of his stories. I love reading this at the end of the year, as it emphasises the focus on looking to the future. For those of you who have read the story, you’ll know that the movie (the 1960s version) has a few key differences from the book, such as how the Time Traveller returns to the future with 3 key books which he feels will help to rebuild civilisation. Here are the 3 books I would bring:

Books for the future

Books for the future


A book on mythology is important, as myths and legends are at the root of every human culture, and often the similarities transcend cultural barriers – look at the flood myths for example (although Utnapishtim was the original and best, in my opinion!). Leading on from this of course is the epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest piece of literature in the world. Thankfully Sumerian culture is alive today because of all those scholars thousands of years ago writing with their styluses on clay tablets. Then, last but not least I would bring along The Apology of Socrates. If, in the distant future, there were any people left to rebuild civilisation, what better way to summarise the repercussions of independent thought, bravery and democracy than reading Plato’s words?

Happy New 2014 to all good-hearted people in the world!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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