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November 2008
My Literary Top 10:
Bernadine Evaristo



Top 10
1
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.
2
Book I finished reading but wanted my time back afterwards
I don’t finish books I don’t like.
3
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!
4
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.
5
Most overlooked novel
All That Blue by Gaston Paul Effa (BlackAmber Press) is a work of art.
6
Most out of date author photo I’ve seen
Martin Amis seems to be forever in his twenties.
7
Most famous author I’ve met who acted like a prat
V.S. Naipaul is the most ridiculously pompous writer I’ve ever encountered.
8
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.
9
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.
10
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.

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