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May 2009
My Literary Top 10:
Ovo Adagha


Top 10
1
Best short story I’ve ever read:
The Mupandawana Dancing Champion by Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah. A tragicomic story of an elderly coffin maker, M'dhara Vitalis, who died on his feet while dancing. It’s hard not to love a story that makes you laugh and sober each time you read it.
2
Book every child should read at school:
Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. ‘Pip’ is the boy!
3
Best ‘film of the book’ I’ve seen:
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. Wonderful film as directed by Fred Zinnemann. If you have watched the film then you won’t need to read the book again.
4
My opinion of a good storyteller:
Susan Howatch. Susan can spin a tale. It’s always a delight to read her.
5
My favourite opening line of a novel:
‘Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically’ – is the first line of D.H Lawrence’s, Lady Chatterley’s lover. Fantastic hook line for a wonderful book.
6
My favourite novel that no one else seems to have heard of:
The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene. Frankly, I think Graham Greene did not receive as much credit as he deserved.
7
The book I’d most like to reread, if I could find it again:
Wilbur Smith’s The Dark of the Sun. A scintillating classic set in Southern Africa. I read a borrowed copy a long time ago and have been looking for it ever since in book stores.
8
My favourite bookshop:
Aberdeen bookshop near the university - sells mostly second-hand books and classics. I get inspired each time I go there.
9
Author I’d like to nominate for the Nobel Prize for literature:
That’s a hard call. I think Chinua Achebe deserves it.
10
Deceased author I’d most like to come under his tutelage:
DH Lawrence. He was a genius.
Ovo Adagha is a Nigerian writer. His short stories and poems have been published in several online and print journals. He facilitated a multi-ethnic anthology, One World, published in 2009, and currently lives in Aberdeen, Scotland.
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