The spotlight is on our lovely publicist, Becci Sharpe.

I’m currently reading Shooting Victoria by Paul Thomas Murphy. I’m having so much fun working on this magnificent book; a fascinating, quirky read about a little known aspect of a momentous era. Who knew eight people attempted to assassinate Queen Vic? Or that they were all a bunch of crazy people who can’t shoot straight? Highly recommended reading.

If I were a character from fiction, I would be Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair. Obviously.

My top 10 books are:

  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I read this magnificent story when I was eighteen years old on an eleven-hour bus ride from London to Newcastle. It was the first time a really book challenged me, educated me and tore me to pieces as is evident from the phone call I made to my Mum when I finished it, somewhere north of Durham at 11pm, crying hysterically and gasping breaths as I tried to explain how amazing it was. Apologies to the poor chap sat next to me on that journey…
  2. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A truly outstanding story that again educated and moved me. This was also the first book event I ever worked on as an intern, and a fantastic author to work with.
  3. The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Because it is AWESOME.
  4. One Day by David NichollsA lovely, funny, dreamy book. I devoured it in hardback the moment it came out and had the good fortune to work with the author who is incidentally also lovely, funny and dreamy….
  5. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. My name is Becci Sharpe. I think that covers why I like this book.
  6. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo IshiguroThe first book I really loved and got very argumentative about at University.
  7. The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine. As read to me by my Mum in a hilarious comic voice when I was young.  Read it for the hilarious twist with the bunny rabbit.
  8. Doppler by Erlend LoeGiven to me in my first week at HoZ - I was told to read it immediately in a very serious tone. I adored it; it’s charming, clever and laugh out loud funny. It reminded me how super easy it is to publicize books that I think are awesome.
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Because I was a teenage girl not so long ago
  10. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery WilliamsThe book I wanted to live inside when I was little. And maybe a little bit now…