Last year he named a best books list for The Week.
One title on the list:
The Odyssey by Homer.Read about the other five books on Dodd's list.
Homer created the Western imagination. The story of human life as a journey and the mythological element of the story reminds us that we are not alone in the universe. Now that I have two children, Odysseus’ longing for home—what the Greeks called nostos and we call nostalgia—adds a new resonance to this undying story.
The Odyssey also appears on John Mullan's list of the ten best shipwrecks in literature.