RUTH FIGGEST Ruth Figgest is a novelist and short story writer based in East­bourne. She has had sev­eral short sto­ries short­listed for lit­er­ary awards; an­other, The Cof­fin Gate, was broad­cast on BBC Ra­dio 4. Her de­but novel, Mag­netism, about a com­plex moth

My Life in Books

Sussex Life - - Writer In Residence -

The book I loved as a child

My copy of Ant and Bee and the Rain­bow by An­gela Ban­ner has my name writ­ten in­side the cover in child­ish hand­writ­ing. It’s a very happy early-read­ing story about friend­ship and ad­ven­ture that teaches chil­dren about colours and life. Isn’t vi­o­let a won­der­ful word?

The book that in­spired me as a teenager

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of what be­came a sev­en­vol­ume au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal work by Maya An­gelou. The ac­cu­rate de­tail in the im­agery evokes place per­fectly. Her authen­tic voice and use of lan­guage ex­pertly il­licit emo­tion in an un­der­stated fash­ion.

The book I’ve never fin­ished

Donna Tartt’s The Lit­tle Friend. I very much en­joyed her two other nov­els though, The Se­cret His­tory and The Goldfinch.

The book that moved me most

Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt. It en­cour­aged me to love books and taught me that life might be OK. I think I read it when I was about 12. It ex­plores loss, men­tal health prob­lems and al­co­holism. I re­mem­ber one sec­tion in which the com­plex emo­tions at­tached to chil­dren be­ing cruel to each other felt par­tic­u­larly authen­tic. It made me feel less alone.

The book I’m read­ing now

The Name­sake by Jhumpha Lahiri is amaz­ing. The writ­ing is flaw­less and the story en­gag­ing and mov­ing. It was rec­om­mended to me via Twit­ter by some­one who en­joyed my writ­ing, and I’m very grate­ful to have had the rec­om­men­da­tion.

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