The books that made Hel’s Angels

written by Melina

When Inkling asked us to provide two show stopping brand ambassadors to work on Waterstones latest campaign – ‘The Book That Made Me’ – we were inundated with willing Angels keen to work on such a brilliant activity.

The tour sees the Waterstones Book Booth popping up in various locations around the country – the most recent being the Chalke Valley History Festival. Festival goers have jumped at the chance to have their photo taken in the Waterstones Book Booth, which is complete with props to help illustrate their chosen book. They have also been telling Waterstones about the books that have changed their life in some way.

Our bookish brand ambassadors have been on hand to set up and de-rig the booth, as well as running the activity and encouraging festival goers to share their stories, with a chance of being on the website. They have been adding their entries via iPads, and are the masters behind the camera in the book booth.

Entries from the Book Booth can be found on the Waterstones Facebook page, and some of their favourite ones have even been featured on the website. We now have an extensive list of book recommendations and have loved reading through the entries so much that we thought we’d tell you ours. Welcome to the books that made Hel’s Angels…

Possession by A S Byatt: “A staggering literary achievement, but more over a tale of human relationships, love, loss and literature throughout the ages. The last book I can remember reading that moved me to tears!” – Angel Sam (part of the Waterstones team)

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay: “I was given this book at a point when I was really delving into my family roots and taking a deep look at my identity. Jackie’s biography of the search of her birth parents is moving, funny & beautifully told.” – Susan (part of the Waterstones team)

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman: “Recommended by two of my favourite people, I loved it and named my daughter after the main character.” – Helen (Director of Hel’s Angels)

The Far Away Tree Series by Enid Blyton: The books that first got my imagination flowing.” – Angel Lorna

The Call Of Cthulhu by H.P Lovecraft:  Not only did it open me up to a whole new weird world of horror, but it also brought my boyfriend and I together. The first time we spoke he sat next to me at a party and said to me tentatively: ‘H.P Lovecraft?’.” – Alice D (Media and Recruitment Supervisor)

Matilda by Roald Dahl: “Made me feel comfortable with staying home alone getting lost for hours in a book. To this day I’m also still trying to move my stationery with my mind.” – Suzie (Staff Booker)

Demian by Herman Hesse: “ I used to call it my bible. It’s one of those books that makes you feel like there’s someone else out there who feels the same as you (when I was an awkward teenager). It made me feel special and happier with myself.” – Alice M (Finance Supervisor)

The BFG by Roald Dahl:I didn’t read as a child, and this book opened me up to the wonderful world of words” – Hannah (Senior Account Manager)

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan: “made me feel like i understood the eastern lady in the western world back in the day – felt more in touch with my heritage after reading this at 15.” – Michelle (Account Manager)