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Shelf Life: Judy Finnigan

31 October 2012

9:00 AM

31 October 2012

9:00 AM

Judy Finnigan tells us which Dane she’d take on holiday, which book she found in her mother’s bedside drawer and which book had better be on Richard Madeley’s reading list. Eloise by Judy Finnigan is published by Sphere. She tweets @judyfinnigan.

1). What are you reading at the moment?

I’m currently re-reading American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld.

2). As a child, what did you read under the covers?

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence. I found it in my mother’s bedside drawer.

3). Has a book ever made you cry, and if so which one?

The Time Traveller’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. Do not judge this wonderful novel by the awful film.

4). You are about to be put into solitary confinement for a year and allowed to take three books. What would you choose?

Jane Eyre; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; Hamlet.

5). Which literary character would you most like to sleep with?

Mr Rochester.

6). If you could write a self-help book, what would you call it?

‘For Christ’s Sake, Stop Worrying.’

7). Michael Gove has asked you to rewrite the GCSE English Literature syllabus. Which book, which play, and which poem would you make compulsory reading?

Pride and Prejudice; Hamlet; The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

8). Which party from literature would you most like to have attended?

Mr Fezziwig’s dance (A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens).

9). What would you title your memoirs?

See (6), above.

10). Which literary character do you dream of playing?

Cathy Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights).

11). What book would you give to a lover?

Eloise, my novel – to read me is to know me…

12). Spying Mein Kampf or Dan Brown on someone’s bookshelf can spell havoc for a friendship. What’s your literary dealbreaker?

Whatever people wish to read is fine by me.  I’d never break a friendship over literary differences; I would argue, though.

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