Author Annabel Smith asked me if I’d appear on her Friday Faves regular feature over at her blog. She invites bookish people to share one of their favourite books and explain a bit about the book and their connection to it. it’s a terrific feature and I was really happy to be asked. I have known Annabel on twitter for a while now but managed to meet her face-to-face in Perth at the writers festival earlier this year. I bounded up to her after one of her sessions and we said hi and then I saw her again at Martin Amis but we didn’t get a chance to chat properly.
Here’s the link to Annabel’s page where I’m talking about Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, one of the authors and their books at the nexus of my transition from reader to reader/writer in my early twenties. (The others, if you’re interested, were Wuthering Heights, John Irving’s early works and Peter Carey’s Bliss and Illywhacker just off the top of my head.)
Also, overnight I had a lot of people looking at my not-review of Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries. The reason was that UK book blogger David Hebblethwaite mentioned it on twitter to one of the 2013 Costa judges Rachael Beale from the London Review of Books. Isn’t twitter a marvellous thing?
Here’s the link to my review from February this year—The Luminaries