This festive season I am singing loudly to Fairy Tale of New York (preferably in a dank karaoke bar with the HoZ choir).
My favourite Christmas dish is pigs in blankets. Double meat = double yum.
I’m currently re-reading Hanna Jameson’s Something You Are and marveling all over again at how such dark, stylish, cut-throat prose can come from someone so young (she’s 22).
My top 10 books of all time are:
- The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I know it is an unoriginal choice. But it's just so sad and so lovely and so clever.
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. A book that gives you a real understanding of all the darkness and magic of life.
- Just William by Richmal Crompton is quite simply the funniest book ever written.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I don't think I've ever encountered a character who blazes through a book as fiercely as Lisbeth Salander.
- Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf. A portrait of absence and loss like nothing else.
- The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot. Words you can get lost in, puzzle over, savour again and again.
- The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie for sheer genius plotting and for spearheading a whole genre.
- Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. I can't choose between them. Both are such magnificent character studies I wonder sometimes if she has met their ghosts.
- Stuart, A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters. A simple idea that packs a powerful punch and makes you think – really think – about our society and attitudes today.
- Skippy Dies by Paul Murray - joyful, tragic, big and small all at once. You get the sense the author really likes and understands humans.