For the Guardian he named a top ten list of quest narratives. One book on the list:
Siddhartha by Hermann HesseRead about another novel on the list.
First published in 1922, Hesse's slender novel chronicled the quest of the Brahmin Siddhartha to conquer suffering and fear. His path was not straightforward, for asceticism and meditation did not of themselves bring fulfilment. It was necessary for him to abandon the ascetic way and immerse himself in the worlds of money and sex in order to fully understand what it is to be human. Only after many years was he truly able to renounce the world and find ultimate fulfilment toiling as a simple ferryman.