5-4-3-2-1: Candy Harper

By Jim Dean, December 31, 2015

Candy Harper’s Faith series is one of my all-time favourites in YA, and most recent book Leap of Faith was perhaps the most enjoyable YA novel I’ve read all year! To mark the publication of this brilliant book, I grabbed her for 5-4-3-2-1.

FIVE books I’d save from a burning bookcase

My signed copy of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. When I met Neil it was fairly obvious that he had a bad case of insta-love for me, but he managed to conceal his feelings by writing, ‘Best wishes’ in my book and not making eye contact with me while I tried to lick his face

The Girl Who Found Sixpence by Enid Blyton, which was given to me when I left Blewbury Playschool several decades ago. I break ornaments, kill plants and drop phones down the loo, but I can keep elderly books in mint condition.

My dear Nan’s copy of Forever Amber.

First edition hardbacks of the His Dark Materials trilogy. I love those books so much that my daughter’s name is Lyra.

My Book About Christmas by Joan Gale Thomas, which used to be my dad’s and has his name written in the front in wobbly handwriting.


FOUR TV shows I can watch all day long

Ace-blogger, Jim Dean, introduced me to Dance Academy. I thought I didn’t care about the complicated love lives of pirouetting teens, but it turns out I really do.

Blake’s Seven.

Green Wing

Black Books (don’t you think Dylan Moran looks a bit like Neil Gaiman if you squint a bit?)


THREE classics I wish more people were reading today

Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White

Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley

Anything by Noel Streatfeild


TWO places I love to read

The lost property cupboard of the bookshop I used to work in. So many free books and so many snuggly lost jumpers.



ONE author I’d want with me if I was stranded on a desert island

Neil Gaiman. But it would have to be a big island because legally speaking I’m not allowed within 200 metres of him.


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