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November 2008
My Literary Top 10:
Bernadine Evaristo

Top 10
Best short story I ever read
I can’t pick just one, but any of the short stories in A Way to Catch the Dust by Jacob Ross who writes about life past, present and imagined on a Caribbean Island (Mango Press). His stories are just so lyrical, deep and haunting.
Book I finished reading but wanted my time back afterwards
I don’t finish books I don’t like.
Book I would blush to be seen reading on the tube
It would be one of those many gossipy celebrity magazines rather than a book!
Best ‘film of the book’ I’ve seen
‘Road to Perdition’, dir. Sam Mendes — every single shot is a stunning painting. After I’d seen the film, I read the graphic novel (the only one I’ve ever read) by Max Allan Collins. It was amazing to see that both genres stood up to each other.
Most overlooked novel
All That Blue by Gaston Paul Effa (BlackAmber Press) is a work of art.
Most out of date author photo I’ve seen
Martin Amis seems to be forever in his twenties.
Most famous author I’ve met who acted like a prat
V.S. Naipaul is the most ridiculously pompous writer I’ve ever encountered.
My favourite bookshop
I have to say Borders Oxford Street simply because it’s so user-friendly and convenient. And I can pile up books, read them in the coffee shop and leave them there.
Author I’d like to see presented with all kinds of awards
Apart from myself :), Jacob Ross and Maggie Gee. Ross because he’s been so overlooked and Gee because she’s unique as a novelist who is white and explores issues of race.
Celebrity author I'd like to see beaten with a stick, then never again
I’m non-violent.
Bernardine Evaristo is the author of two novels-in-verse: Lara (ARP 1997) and The Emperor’s Babe (Penguin 2001), and a forthcoming novel-with-verse Soul Tourists (Penguin 2005). She has also written poetry-drama for BBC radio and theatre. She has been on over 50 international writers’ tours and residencies. The recipient of several awards, most recently a NESTA Fellowship Award in 2003, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004.