WHAT BOOK would author John Connolly take to a desert island?
- John Connolly is currently reading Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain In The 1980s
- The author says he first got the reading bug from a novel by Enid Blyton
- He says Richard Bradford’s biography of Patricia Highsmith left him ‘puzzled’
…are you reading now?
Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain In The 1980s by Alwyn W. Turner, which is just fascinating. I was a teenager then but was too young — or too uninterested — to follow much that was happening beyond TV, girls and music.
…would you take to a desert island?
As I’m completely useless when it comes to DIY, and probably wouldn’t last more than a couple of nights in the wild, I’d bring something short — maybe a Jeeves & Wooster book to cheer me up as I starved to death.
Author John Connolly is currently reading Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain In The 1980s by Alwyn W. Turner
…first gave you the reading bug?
It was a Secret Seven novel by Enid Blyton. I thought for decades that the word cupboard was pronounced cup-board as cupboard is not used in Ireland.
…left you cold?
Richard Bradford’s biography of Patricia Highsmith, Devils, Lusts And Strange Desires, left me puzzled. I couldn’t quite figure out why he’d written a book about a woman he clearly loathed. At one point he seemed to take issue with her for having only one telephone in her house. Highsmith was undoubtedly a very peculiar, difficult person, but I began to feel rather sorry for her by the end of it all.
- The Furies by John Connolly is out now (Hodder & Stoughton, £20).
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