A. "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence..."
A. Don't give up.
A. Lord of the Rings
A. From my childhood: Anne of Green Gables (LM Montgomery).
From adolescence: Lord of the Rings (Tolkein) and The Gormenghast Triology (M. Peake).
From university: Voltaire's Bastards (by J. R. Saul).
From my late 20s / 30s: Cosmopolis (S. Toulmin).
A. 3 months studying black bears in Northern Canada