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November 2008
My Literary Top 10:
Emer McCourt


Top 10
1
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.
2
Book I finished reading but wanted my time back afterwards:
Helen Fielding, Novel number 2.
3
Book I would blush to be seen reading on the tube
Ulrika Jonsson’s autobiography.
4
Best ‘film of the book’ I've seen:
Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan, from the novel by Patrick McCabe.
5
Worst Film of a book
Mad Cows directed by Sara Sugarman — great book, dreadful adaptation.
6
Most out of date author photo I’ve seen
John Irving, The Cider House Rules.
7
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.
8
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!
9
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
10 Celebrity author I'd like to see beaten with a stick, then never again
Jeffrey Archer — poor stick.
Emer McCourt started her career as an actress, appearing notably in Ken Loach’s Riff Raff before becoming a producer for the film Human Traffic. Elvis, Jesus & Me is her first novel.

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