First of all, the sketches for Year One are all now collected together, and the link is in the left-hand column. Phew, job done!
I thought I’d try a meme I saw at Tara’s blog Books and Cooks, which originated on Heather’s site Errant Thoughts. I added the ‘u’s myself…
1. Who’s your all-time favourite author, and why?Too hard. My all-time top five are Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, AA Milne, Richmal Crompton and EM Delafield. There are quite a few other authors who are responsible for my favourite books, but these five prove consistent – they’ve written lots of book each which I consider amongst my favourites.
2. Who was your first favourite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favourites? Good question! There are a few authors – like Stephen Leacock and, to an extent, AA Milne – who were amongst my favourite authors when I started reading non-children’s books, and I haven’t tested the water for some years. My favourite author as a child was Enid Blyton – because I read little else for years and years, I missed out on quite a few children’s classics. It did teach me the joys of author-obsession, though…
3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favourite authors, and why?Barbara Comyns catapaulted herself from ‘like’ to ‘love’ with Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead. Tove Jansson is quite a new love, relatively anyway, but the top five I mentioned earlier have been steady favourites for some time.
4. If someone asked you who your favourite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?Someone did, and the answer was question one! With further reflection… that’s when I’d probably start talking about those who’ve written my favourite books (Frank Baker deserves a mention somewhere for Miss Hargreaves, even if Before I Go Hence wasn’t a favourite novel) – and to wonder which of a modern crowd will merit the title. Angela Young? Janni Visman? Neil Grimmett? The list can only keep growing.
I’ll tag some people – so many to choose from! – no pressure, but join in if you fancy it (and anyone else who wants to do it, of course):
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