ON MY BEDSIDE TABLE Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue is best known for her novel Room, which was made into an awardwinning film. Her novel The Wonder is out in paperback this month.
◆ I’ve read all of ZADIE SMITH’S novels, and SWING TIME is simultaneously page-turning and eloquent. She’s so intelligent and ruefully funny about everything, from a children’s dance class to a pop star trying to save the world.
◆ For a riveting tale of the wild ups and downs of friendship, I love THE ANIMATORS. This novel by KAYLA RAE WHITAKER about two female filmmakers really gets how the creative process is so personal and passionate that it can turn you ruthless.
◆ I try to always have some classics on the go. I’ve worked my way through the novels of CHARLES DICKENS twice now, and I enjoy them more each time. If I was forced to pick a favourite, I might have to say BLEAK HOUSE.
◆ Social history is a passion of mine, and I’ve been devouring LES PARISIENNES: HOW THE WOMEN OF PARIS LIVED, LOVED AND DIED IN THE 1940s. Exploring the daily realities of collaboration and resistance in World War II, ANNE SEBBA discovers women so complicated that I’m still brooding over what to think of them.
◆ Set in 1970s India, ROHINTON MISTRY’S A FINE BALANCE is a real heartbreaker. You get so attached to the tailors scraping out a living that you’ll never forget them.
◆ I’ve loved children’s literature from my own childhood right through to reading with my kids. The most wackily original novel is LOOK OUT FOR THE FITZGERALD TROUTS by ESTA SPALDING, about four kids who live in a car on a tropical island.