‘We should book-bomb Don­ald Trump’

The Guardian - Review - - The Books That Made Me - Jeanette Win­ter­son

The book I am cur­rently read­ing

Sin­cer­ity by Carol Ann Duffy. I read a poem ev­ery morn­ing be­fore I get up. I’m also read­ing Eve Was Shamed by He­lena Kennedy – how the Bri­tish jus­tice sys­tem con­tin­ues to fail women. Stim­u­lat­ing and scary. I’ve just fin­ished Now You’re Talk­ing by Trevor Cox – the story of hu­man con­ver­sa­tion from Ne­an­derthals to AI. I’m about to start Work Like a Woman – the fab Mary Por­tas calls us to arms.

The book that changed my life

The Bi­ble. I was brought up hear­ing it read aloud twice a day, and learn­ing to read from the book of Deuteron­omy – be­cause it is full of an­i­mals (mostly un­clean). The King James ca­dences formed my re­la­tion­ship with lan­guage. Bi­ble sto­ries framed my world. My sec­u­lar life is the next layer up.

The book I wish I’d writ­ten

Finn Fam­ily Moom­introll. Just re­mem­ber Tove Jans­son had the Hemulen (male) in a dress. How ahead of the pack was she? In fact, I just wanted to be Snufkin. The book that in­flu­enced me

In­vis­i­ble Cities by Italo Calvino. As a young writer in the 1980s I wanted an es­cape from the An­glo-Amer­i­can novel with its em­pha­sis on nar­ra­tive and char­ac­ter. I was look­ing for writ­ing that was more elu­sive and driven by lan­guage. Calvino was my begin­ning. The book that changed my mind

There are so many! Read­ing is a life-long col­li­sion with minds not like your own. We should book-bomb Don­ald Trump.

The last book that made me cry

by Tara Westover. How to es­cape the Mor­mons by ed­u­cat­ing your­self free.

The last book that made me laugh

The Trou­ble with Women by Jackie Flem­ing. These car­toons are laugh-out-loud funny.

The book I couldn’t fin­ish

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. Are straight women re­ally hav­ing such ter­ri­ble sex and ter­ri­ble lives?

The book I’m most ashamed not to have read

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dick­ens. I just can’t get past page five. Ev­ery­thing by Thomas Pyn­chon.

My ear­li­est read­ing mem­ory

My first visit to the li­brary in Accrington. I sat with one of Kath­leen Hale’s Or­lando the Mar­malade Cat sto­ries. I re­alised there were a lot more books than the Bi­ble. My guilty plea­sure

Strip car­toons when I should be work­ing. But they are by Ali­son Bechdel, so maybe that doesn’t count.

The book I give as a gift

I of­ten give books and it de­pends on the mo­ment. Who needs what and when can’t be pre­dicted.

The book I’d most like to be re­mem­bered for

I don’t care. If I can en­cour­age some­one, make them think, or see things dif­fer­ently, or take a risk, then that is what books have done for me. Pass it on, I say.

Jeanette Win­ter­son’s Christ­mas Days is pub­lished in pa­per­back by Vin­tage.

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