Taking a timely cue from Zola's site, the burrow invites entries on the above topic, with brief explanations of how the chosen books influenced you. A fourth, imaginary, book which you would have liked to be influenced by is an optional extra.
The thread will remain open for 72 hours, after which a small prize will be awarded for the entry judged the most interesting by the burrow team [anticant, ben and the beadle].
Always eager to stick his truncheon in first, the beadle has already chosen his own yet-to-be-written book - "The Naked Kayaker", by Zola. The mental visions inspired by this have prompted the beadle to redouble his patrols around the riverside burrow flagpole. No sightings of suspicious-looking craft have yet been reported.