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November 2008
My Literary Top 10:
Nicholas Blincoe

Top 10
Best short story I’ve ever read
JG Ballard’s ‘Jane Fonda’s Augmentation Mammoplasty’. It’s certainly one of the oddest short stories I’ve ever read.
My favourite opening line of a novel:
It was the morning of my eighty second birthday and I was lying in bed with my catamite when Ali told me the Archbishop had come for tea — Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers. (If I’ve misquoted it, maybe I don’t know it as well as I think I do).
Best ‘film of the book’
The Godfather — the book is good, but odd, with an extended musing on vaginal surgery in the middle.
My favourite novel that no-one else seems to have heard of
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by GB Edwards.
Best Crime novel
Maybe Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard.
The book I’d most like to reread, if I could find it again
House Mother Normal by B S Johnson.
Book that should be on the national curriculum
If we’re looking for a book that deserves that kind of ‘national’ stature, defining the
nation, maybe something from the Sword of Honour Trilogy.
My favourite bookshop
Maxim Jakubowski’s Murder One.
Author I’d like to nominate for the Nobel Prize for literature
Geoff Dyer.
Deceased author I’d like to get drunk with
The Brontes, something about sisters.
Nicholas Blincoe has published six novels since his debut, Acid Casuals (1995). Manchester Slingback (1998) won the CWA Silver Dagger for fiction. He was a founder member of The New Puritans, which advocated a clean, minimalist prose style allied with strong narratives. Nicholas has a second home in Bethlehem and two of his novels reflect life in Palestine: The Dope Priest (1999) and Burning Paris (2004), which recounts an experience of life in the 2002 siege of the city. His theatre debut, ‘Cue Deadly’, a noir thriller, was staged at London's Riverside studios in 2003. Currently he is working on the BBC series ‘Waking The Dead’. Blincoe is also a critic and journalist, with a column in the Daily Telegraph.