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A penguin turns up on a boy's doorstep, looking sad. Thinking it must be lost, the boy takes the penguin back to the South Pole - only to realise that it wasn't lost, it was lonely.
The Gruffalo is a modern classic, and rightly so. Its impulsive rhythm makes it a great read aloud even for very young children - my twins were gripped by it when they were one.
Alexander Masters’ book is a backwards biography of a homeless addict, Stuart Shorter, who lived on the streets of Cambridge. Tellingly, the backwards element was Stuart’s idea.
In the early days of the Internet, 253 (‘the story of seven cars and a crash,’ set on the London Underground) was conceived by Geoff Ryman as an online-only novel.
Some philosophy: I think empathy requires common ground. Habermas argues that all moral discourse assumes a core set of principles. In essence, these principles hold that the interests of all affected are given equal weight.
Western Australia, 1931.
Shot in black and white, Spielberg’s cinematic rendering of Thomas Keneally’s novel Schindler’s Ark does a fine job of bringing the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler to life.
Wonderful film by Wim Wenders where the angels listen to and come and comfort those who are in pain. Set in Berlin. I've always thought it was about compassion but it's about empathy too. If only there were angels...and fairies.
I really wasn’t sure whether Avatar rates as an empathy film, but I think it’s worth including in the Empathy Library for its good intentions.