See Claire on Saturday, 3 October, 4.30pm, at United Reformed Church Hall (The Havant Meeting Place).
£6 Members’ Discount: 15%
Follow Claire on Twitter @ carmitstead
See Isabel at ‘The Journey through Adolescence’ on Friday, 25 September, 7.45pm, at Nineveh. £4
The one book Isabel Ashdown wishes she had written is:
The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan. I first read this book many years ago, and as a young woman I was struck by the intensely strange world created by McEwan. It’s a beautifully poetic piece of writing which has remained with me ever since.
See Cathy at William Blake in the Garden of Love on Sunday, 27 September, 2pm, at Nineveh. £3
The one book Cathy Baker wishes she had written is:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. This novel appears to be simple, light-hearted and naive, but really it’s skilful, complex and poignant. The choice of narrator is inspired and his world-view is fascinating from first page to last.
See Alison at CIBAS Presents ‘Blogging and the Art of Success’ on Tuesday, 29 September, 7pm at United Reformed Church Hall (The Havant Meeting Place).
The one book Alison Baverstock wishes she had written is:
The Rotters Club by Jonathan Coe. I think he must be the same age as me as all the references rang true (like what music you were dancing to during sixth form discos). Reading it was at times really uncomfortable – it felt as if someone had been reading my diary – but I loved the nostalgia.
The one book Alex Bell wishes she had written is:
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, because it is funny, bloody, exciting and action-packed all at the same time. It also has some of the best characterisation ever – especially in crippled torturer Inquisitor Glokta. If you like dark, humorous heroic fantasy, you’ll love this book.
The one book Charles Bennett wishes he had written is: North by Seamus Heaney.
The one book Lucy Beresford wishes she had written is:
F Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night. It is sensual and full of heat and longing, but it also wears its exploration of mental health and illness lightly.
See Ian at WordFest! on Sunday, 4 October, 5pm at Staunton Country Park. Tickets: £3 (Minimum age: 7 years)
The one book Ian Billings wishes he had written is: How to Improve Your Spellink or perhaps Moby Duck?
The one book Yemisi Blake wishes he had written is:
Kindred by Octavia Butler
See Simon on Friday, 25 September, 7.30pm, at the Station Theatre, Hayling Island. £6
The one book Simon Brett wishes he had written is:
Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith. It never fails to make me laugh.
See Philip when he talks about The Book of English Magic on Saturday, 26
September, 4.15pm at The Star, North Street.
The one book Vanessa Curtis wishes she had written is:
the new Sarah Waters novel, The Little Stranger. She’s a fantastic storyteller and a great conveyor of creepy atmosphere!
Tickets: £7 Under 25s £5
The one book Louis de Bernières wishes he had written is:
The Bible, because it has enjoyed enduring appeal and sold very well for an incredibly long time!
The one book Joseph Delaney wishes he had written is:
Without doubt The Lord of the Rings because it’s my favourite book and for many years I was trying and failing to become the next Tolkien, writing lots of epic fantasies which didn’t get published. I like it because it’s a rich imaginative piece of world-building and the foundation of a whole genre. I’ve had many hours of happiness reading Tolkien’s work.
The one book Siôn Donovan wishes he had written is:
The one book Stella Duffy wishes she had written is:
The one book Peter Hamilton Dyer wishes he had written is:
today, I wished I’d written Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
The one book Amanda Field wishes she had written is:
The Kinky Friedman Crime Club. Three well-plotted detective stories full of wise-cracks, cigars, espressos, cats, parachuting puppet-heads, and other New York eccentricities.
The one book Maggie Gee wishes she had written is:
See Sandra at a special Under 5s Session on Saturday, 3 October, 10am at Havant Library. Please apply direct to Havant Library for your free ticket.
Havant Borough schoolchildren will see Sandra at Mill Rythe and Mengham Schools on Wednesday, 30 September.
The one book Sandra Ann Horn wishes she had written is:
See Michael talking about his new book, Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo on Friday, 2 October, 7.30pm, at The Bear Hotel. £6 Members’ Discount: 15%
The one book Michael McCarthy wishes he had written is: Twelfth Night
See Stella guesting at Poets and Pints at the Robin Hood on 1st October
and headlining at Hampshire Voices at the White Hart on 3rd October.
She is also doing sets with other performance poets at the West Street
venue of Word on the Street on both Saturdays.
One of Hampshire freshest and most exciting talents. A performer and
poet not to be missed. But beware, she may steal your heart!
The one book Russell Miller wishes he had written is:
The one book Richard Milton wishes he had written is:
The one book Sally Nicholls wishes she had written is:
Dodie Smith’s I Capture The Castle, because I love it. Or Homer’s The Illiad, because it’s a powerful story, vividly told.
The one book Sam North wishes he had written is:
Catch 22. The funniest, sharpest satirical book on war ever written and a lesson that never gets learned that waging war is stupid and illogical and all about profit and no one ever ‘wins’. It is also brilliantly observed.
The one book Yong Pease wishes she had written is:
The Life of Pi. The story was so unusual, there were so many highs and lows, just like life really. I read it on a plane when I was travelling to Malaysia and it kept me enthralled and entertained for the thirteen-hour flight.
The one book Angela Pressland wishes she had written is
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson – the second of her Jackson Brodie novels. Wonderfully rich and intriguing characters, an ingenious and compelling plot . . . Witty, poignant, and so intelligently and fluidly written.
The one book Leigh Russell wishes she had written is:
The 39 Steps, John Buchan
The one book Jane Schaffer wishes she had written is:
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, not least for the fabulous front cover with a raised lizard and gold writing – gorgeous!
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The one book Shedman wishes he had written is:
The one book Fay Weldon wishes she had written is:
Jayne is the author of many children’s books, including several in the Life and Times and BBC Fact Finders series, and is one of the judges of the children’s short story competition.
The one book Jayne Woodhouse wishes she had written is:
Specially invited schoolchildren from all over the Borough will see Ian at St James’ and Barncroft Junior Schools on Tuesday, 29 September
The one book Ian Whybrow wishes he had written is:
I wouldn’t really want to be Charles Dodgson, but what writer would not wish, one day, to write a book as appealing or influential as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”? It’s clever, funny, wise, inventive, sly, full of memorable lines (particularly when it breaks into verse) and when he wrote it, there had never been anything like it. Every time you read it, you find something fresh and remarkable and one suspects that people will never stop wanting to read it.