ON MY BED­SIDE TA­BLE Emma Donoghue

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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.

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