We’re really thrilled to welcome ER Murray, whose book The Book of Learning was published recently by Mercier Press, to take part in our 5-4-3-2-1 feature today!
5 books you’d save from a burning bookcase
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – it’s the book I’ve read the most in my lifetime, but I’m not done with it yet…
My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Walter – poor Samuel has been through enough!
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – I cheated, I know. But how could I separate them out?
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill – my world would be a sad place without it
Green Eggs & Ham by Dr Seuss – needs no explanation, surely?
4 Authors you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island
Derek Landy, because he’s hilarious. If you were stuck on a desert island, you would need plenty of laughs.
Neil Gaiman. Imagine being stranded his imagination? Bliss!
Sarah Webb, because no one is more generous, more helpful, or more organised. Sarah would have everyone sorted, relaxed, and feeling included in minutes!
Stephen King. I can’t think of anyone better for scary stories around the campfire
3 places you love to read
My favourite place to read is in the bath, with mountains of bubbles. Crinkly pages and all. It’s just so relaxing! (Apologies to all those authors whose books I’ve made soggy & warped).
I also love to read outdoors; stretched out on the grass in the sun, on rocks overlooking the sea with your feet in the water, under a shady tree. There’s something magical about reading with a breeze on your face and birds in the background.
In front of a roaring fire is also a favourite spot. The gentle warm glow is just right for certain tales and stories.
2 TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing)
Black Books makes me laugh so much – who doesn’t love a grumpy bookseller?
And Worzel Gummidge. It’s hilarious. The characterisation is amazing – apart from the fact Worzel can remove his head and become umpteen different characters, the guest appearances are brilliant!
1 item of swag you’d love to see made
A hoverboard! I’ve been waiting for one of these since Back to the Future came out in the 1980s. It’s seriously beginning to test my patience! So, young inventors out there – can you get on with it please?