Emma Forrest Book Desert Island

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This week, my guest is Emma Forrest. Born in London, Emma Forrest began her writing career as a teenage columnist at the Sunday Times. Later, she had columns in The Guardian, The Independent and Elle. By the age of thirty, she had published three novels and left journalism to work in Hollywood as a screenwriter. Her memoir Your Voice In my Head is adored by Nick Hornby, Dolly Alderton, Bryony Gordon, Emma Gannon, Florence Welch and Elizbeth Gilbert. Emma wrote and directed her first feature film, Together, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her most recent novel was the Radio 2 Book Club Pick Royals, which was praised by Marian Keyes, David Nicholls and Emma Jane Unsworth.

Sparkle by Raven Leilani

I just think it’s an awesome start, way beyond his years. It’s funny, attractive, shameful, insightful, generous. She has such a strong voice, it’s almost like listening to a radio play.

A concise Chinese-English dictionary for Xiaolu Guo lovers


I will read everything by Guo-his work is so tender and graceful, imbued with sadness and longing. But it was my first and my favorite.

Is that a gun in your pocket by Rachel Abramowitz

This is such a brilliant story of women in Hollywood – the triumphs and difficulties of revolutionary female directors, studio directors and a particularly brilliant chapter about Polly Platt, set designer and secret driving force behind my favorite film Paper Moon.

The Deborah Levy Trilogy

I know I’m cheating by including your three memoirs, but I think they are very consciously throwing themselves into each other like the whole Abbey Road B-side, and it doesn’t seem fair to me to separate them. Levy’s midlife success fills my heart. She is absolutely unique and deserves all the praise.

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

These memoirs made me laugh so much, all alone in my apartment, that I had to call my mother again and again to read pieces aloud because I was so sure that laughing so hard was a sign of insanity on my own.

The Pillow man by Martin McDonagh

I don’t particularly like reading plays, but I read this one every few years and it’s always a pleasure. I think this is one of the greatest works of art of my life, and I am honored to have my copy of McDonagh signed: “if you don’t think it’s brilliant, you must be mental”. I think it’s great.

Far from Kensington by Muriel Spark

Oh, like many of my favorite pieces of pop culture, my mother drew my attention to this Novel when I was a teenager. Spark is undoubtedly one of the greatest writers to have ever lived. Sp economical and stylish and funny. A kind of world literary secret, Spark’s main occupation – Transfiguration – is applied here on the heroine’s weight loss plan, which makes me laugh, but which I have also successfully reproduced in real life.

A Condom Reader

I mean, he is considered the best for a reason. The language is so elegant and musical. I especially like this collection because it contains his celebrity profiles, which are probably my favorite things he has written, especially his heartbreaking essay about his girlfriend Marilyn Mo

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