Very happy to have Kieran Fanning, author of The Black Lotus (Chicken House) to tackle 5-4-3-2-1 today. Find out more about Kieran at his website
FIVE books you’d save from a burning bookcase
I stuck to children’s/YA books to make this easier!
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is a spectacular trilogy of mind-blowing scale and originality. You’ve gotta love the spirit of Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon.
Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy is in many ways similar to my first choice. In it, Ness creates a unique world with powerful messages about war, religion and power.
Watership Down was possibly the first book that completely transported me to another world. The fact that the world was full of rabbits was an added surprise/bonus.
Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce is a hilarious and charming story of one boy’s attempt to keep his family together, and erm… steal a priceless painting! Genius.
Holes by Louis Sachar is possibly the most perfect children’s book ever written. Original, compelling and can be read on so many levels.
FOUR TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing)
Breaking Bad is probably my favourite TV series of all times. Black humour and compelling characters made for compulsive watching.
At the time, I was totally addicted to Lost. The first few seasons were brilliant and then things just got silly.
Love/Hate is the best TV drama ever to come out of Ireland. Can’t wait for season 6.
My fourth choice is a toss up between season 1 of Fargo and season 1 of True Detective. Season 2 of the former is shaping up well, but season 2 of the latter was a huge disappointment.
THREE pieces of advice you’d give yourself if you could travel back in time to before you became a published author
Seek the help of knowledgeable people whose judgement you trust.
Believe in yourself.
Persist until you make it.
TWO authors you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island
Robert Cormier, because I would have loved to have met him. And hopefully he’d have some of his brilliant novels with him. And if not, he might write one. Though I fear I’d come to a grisly end in it!
Robert Louis Stevenson, because he’d know where the treasure is buried!
ONE relationship you love reading about
The relationship between Danny and his dad in Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World is one of the nicest father/son relationships in literature. I also like the movie version which featured a real life father and son – Jeremy Irons and his son, Samuel.