Having heard incredible things about Manuela Salvi’s Girl Detached – banned in Italy for its portrayal of a girl lured into sex work, but taking UK bloggers and readers by storm – we can’t wait to read it. (As you’d expect from the subject, though, it’s one we’d recommend for mature teens.) It’s one of the first books published by Barrington Stoke as part of their new The Bucket List imprint.
We asked Manuela to take part in our 5-4-3-2-1 feature today.
5 authors I’d want with me if I were stranded on a desert island
1. Alejandro Zambra
2. Oscar Wilde
3. Sarah Crossan
4. Jerry Spinelli
5. Terry Eagleton
Please note that this is the most politically correct group ever: a woman, a dead gay man, a non-EU guy in translation, a senior citizen, a marxist.
4 books you’d save from a burning bookcase
1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. The hours by Michael Cunningham
3. The mouse and his child by Russel Hoban
4. Not now Bernard by David McKee
3 places you love to read
1. In bed before sleeping. Even if it’s 4 in the morning and I’ve just come back from a rave.
2. On a Ryanair flight. So I can avoid staring at all that dazzling YELLOW around me.
3. My uncle’s garden in the summer. Because he’s got a swimming pool.
2 songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly
1. Simone White, “Bunny in a Bunny Suit”
2. Survivor, “The Eye of the Tiger”
1 item of swag you’d love to see made (could be for your own book or someone else’s, or a mix)
The dresses from “The boy in the dress” by David Walliams and my own “Princesses have no willy” (Nei panni di Zaff) mass-produced for the “Boys” section of all childrenswear chains in the world.