10 Books that Influenced The Return

Of Interest

Writer-director Oliver Nias shares some of the books that influenced his work on psychological thriller ‘The Return’, an independent British film nominated for a Moet BIFA Discovery Award.

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Fifty Dead Men Walking

Martin McGartland


Introduced me to the idea of what it might feel like to be living in true fear, what duplicity and threat means to a real person. The first ‘proper’ book I was given (by my grandparents) and actually decided to read as a result.

Finite and Infinite Games

Finite and Infinite Games

James P. Carse


The way we play games with each other…

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Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad


One of the most intriguing reading experiences. The narrative wrapping, the layered storytelling, interior and exterior landscaping, disorientation, fever, the Horror… First time a book continued to make me feel something long after I had finished reading it.

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High Rise

JG Ballard


A single concept taken to the Nth degree. The best.

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Net Force

Tom Clancy


First page turner I experienced as a teenager – mystery, guns and pure entertainment.


Various Works

Oliver Sacks


Things are not always how they seem…

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The Machine

James Smythe


James Smythe is one of my favourite writers. Amazing concepts, amazing stories, amazing writing.

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The Outsiders



“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” Best opening line I ever read. Not only that, The Outsiders has themes of brotherhood, hardship and how one bad decision affects everything.


Crime In A Psychological Context

Glenn D. Walters


Understanding criminals – contexts, backgrounds, profiles, motivations and recidivism. Darkly enlightening.

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The Secret Agent

Joseph Conrad


London, secrecy, extreme personalities and a ticking time bomb…