We’re delighted to have author Jim Carrington tackling 5-4-3-2-1 today! His Boy 23, published by Bloomsbury, looks brilliant – can’t wait to read it!
5 TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing)
I think I’d need to be a bit tactical here. My favourites are usually grisly crime dramas, so I could easily name my top five. But I think I’ll go with a bit of variety instead.
Crime drama – The Wire. My favourite television series, and there are more than enough episodes to get through an entire day. My favourite series was the first. The characters are excellent. And the moments when Wallace is murdered and when D’Angelo is ready to give up the entire gang are two of my all-time favourite TV moments.
Comedy – I’d probably go with Spaced, which was written by Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson. There are so many fantastic characters played by amazing actors in this one. I love the relationships between the characters, especially the one between best friends Tim and Mike.
Sport – I could quite happily sit still for 5 days solid watching test cricket. Ideally, I’d have the telly turned down so I could listen to the commentary on Test Match Special.
Dystopian TV – I love a bit of end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it TV. I find Black Mirror by Charlie Brooker slightly unnerving but really enjoyable and inventive. When somebody said Boy 23 reminded them of Black Mirror, I was very satisfied (even if it was only my publishers trying to make it sound good).
Documentary – I love TV shows about people surviving out in the wild (another big influence on Boy 23). But Ray Mears is too nice and Bear Grylls seems too narcissistic, so I’d go for Bruce Parry’s show called Tribe, in which he went and visited indigenous tribes around the world and lived with them. My favourite moments were when he took part in initiation rites which often involve some kind of natural hallucinogen. He suffered for his art, that’s for sure.
4 authors you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island
Again, I think it would be good to have a bit of variety. I’d start off with Shakespeare (if its ok to bring him back from the dead). I’d fill him in on the last four hundred and some years of history and lend him a hand writing the resulting plays.
I’d also invite Douglas Adams along. I love his sense of humour in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series and I think he’d be good company.
Seeing as I’m reviving dead authors here, I’d invite Sue Townsend too. I’d persuade her to write another Adrian Mole book – maybe the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 10.
Finally, I’d have to take William Golding, author of Lord of The Flies, to prove to him that being forced into close proximity on an island doesn’t mean humans have to resort to trying to kill each other. Either that or he’d beat me up.
3 books you’d save from a burning bookcase
I’d go for three books which I’ve read over and over again and never got bored of. Probably A Kestrel For a Knave, Billy Liar and 1984.
2 relationships you love reading about
My absolute favourite is the father-son relationship between Danny and his dad in Danny Champion of The World, by Roald Dahl. There’s so much warmth in that relationship.
I also remember being a little spellbound by the relationship between Lucas and Caitlyn in Kevin Brooks’ novel, Lucas (which I must re-read soon). Lucas seemed such a free-spirit and he captivated Caitlyn in a way that seemed to be beyond words.
1 item of swag you’d love to see made (could be for your own book or someone else’s, or a mix)
I’d love to see a film version of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy (another influence on Boy 23). I’d like my own toy Manchee dog, whose thoughts I could hear.