Emily’s interviews for Five Books

Five Books is a lovely website, full of interviews with interesting people about their five favourite books on a subject relevant to their own work. There’s all sorts up here, not just brilliant novelists, but mathematicians, historians, scientists and more –  do check it out!

Margaret Drabble on ageing (1 December 2016) The mighty author shares her advice on what to read to help face getting old – comes complete with some surprising practical tips!

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen on the best contemporary Israeli fiction (26 September 2016) What an inspiring and fascinating author! I loved hearing her talk about Israeli fiction, and how tied up it is with the country’s politics.

Deborah Levy on motherhood in literature (18 May 2016) This has made me long to read Colette, and also sparked a lovely morning re-reading To the Lighthouse.

Tracy Chevalier on her favourite fictional trees (11 March 2016) Including the wonderful folky wych-elm in Howards End, and the powerful horse chestnut at Thornfield in Jane Eyre.

Chigozie Obioma on boyhood and growing up (4 March 2016) The author of the brilliant Booker-shortlisted The Fishermen, on his favourite coming-of-age novels.

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