Best short story I ever read:
J.D Salinger’s ‘For Esme With Love. Like a razor slicing through a peach — exquisite and perfectly painful all at the same time.
Book I finished reading but wanted my time back afterwards:
Helen Fielding, Novel number 2.
Book I would blush to be seen reading on the tube
Ulrika Jonsson’s autobiography.
Best ‘film of the book’ I've seen:
Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan, from the novel by Patrick McCabe.
Worst Film of a book
Mad Cows directed by Sara Sugarman — great book, dreadful adaptation.
Most out of date author photo I’ve seen
John Irving, The Cider House Rules.
Most famous author I’ve met who acted like a prat
Robert Kilroy-Silk. Being in his presence was like being swiftly eradicated by a very tall fly-squatter.
My favourite bookshop
Off Stage – specialist film/theatre bookshop, Camden. Mosey inside, pick up a screenplay then mosey outside, find a bench on the canal and enter the world of Woody Allen or Hal Hartley. Perfect!
Author I’d like to see presented with all kinds of awards
Eve Ensler author of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ — hats off to anyone who makes ‘vagina’ a popular word.
10 Celebrity author I'd like to see beaten with a stick, then never again
Jeffrey Archer — poor stick.