5-4-3-2-1: Lucy Courtenay

By Jim Dean, June 30, 2016

Really pleased to have Lucy Courtenay, author of The Kiss and upcoming Movie Night, to do 5-4-3-2-1 today!

 
5 books I’d save from a burning bookcase

My signed copy of ONE by Sarah Crossan: devastating and wonderful.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by JK Rowling, which I re-read almost every summer as a lesson in tying up loose ends.

THE YOUNG VISITERS by Daisy Ashford (misspelling intended): a hilarious social satire written by a 9-year-old in 1890.

AIRMAN FRIDAY by William Courtenay: my journalist grandfather’s book about his life in WW1 and his adventures among the early aviators.

THE SUPERMARKET MYSTERY by Richard Scarry: brings back acute memories of my own childhood as well as my children’s.

 
4 authors I’d want with me on a desert island

JK Rowling because we have the same birthday and both taught English in Portugal. We’d have plenty to gossip about over a shared birthday cake we had made from scavenged coconuts.

Oscar Wilde because he would be hilarious, although I fear there would be many hissy fits over the absence of decent tailors, fine wines and society.

George Eliot because I’d love to hear about her experiences as a female writer in the 19th century.

Jilly Cooper because she made me laugh so much as a teenager and fall so fiercely in love with all her romantic heroes. We could concoct our own continuing drama to while away the long winter evenings, with Oscar Wilde on the harmonica, JKR organising the limbo dancing and George Eliot telling us all to take our predicament more seriously.

 
3 songs that sum up the last novel I wrote perfectly

When We Were Young by Adele. Because MOVIE NIGHT (out Jan 2018) is just like a movie.

Who Are You? by The Who. My main characters, best friends Hanna and Sol, spend most of MOVIE NIGHT working out this question.

The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News. Because Hanna and Sol figure it out in the end!

 
2 pieces of advice I’d give myself if I could travel back in time to before I became a published author

It’ll happen. Take each rejection as a badge of honour and proof that you’re inching closer to your goal.

Try and come up with Harry Potter before JK Rowling does.

 
1 TV show I can watch all day long (when not busy writing)

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1996) starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. Or perhaps LOST IN AUSTEN (2008) with Jemima Rooper and Elliot Cowan. Can you see a pattern emerging?

What do you think?