Books that influenced me

Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips is MD and head of strategy at UK integrated communications and innovation agency, Volume. She has 20 years' experience within digital and direct agencies and is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing and is a trustee to the UK board of international children's charity, Plan.

1. I Know This Much Is True
by Wally Lamb, published by HarperCollins, 1998

Growing up, I mainly read factual books. So, it wasn't until all my exams were out of the way, that I came to love fiction. This book signified two things for me; one, it proved that I could get swept away in a book. Two, it confirmed my fascination with human understanding; identical twins, one with severe mental health issues and the other left to manage this; demonstrating the tension between family obligation and unconditional love.