Probably Jane Austen – but I did go through a phase of buying RF Delderfield – because you got more pages for your money! (I was a student at the time) Oh, and Lyndsey Davies’ Falco books and Ellis Peters’ Cadfael (see a trend?)
Apart from the Bible (but then this is a Rectory!) I guess it’s Pride and Prejudice – but I can’t remember why!
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Mmm. Not sure I am in love with any fictional character – although any one of Mr Rochester, Captain Wentworth, Maxim de Winter, Mr Darcy (of course), Brother Cadfael, Didius Falco (Marcus) and Commander Dalgliesh would be interesting company – not to mention Jean Benoit Aubery!
I’ve never heard of Goodnight Moon.
6) What was your favourite book when you were ten years old?
Kate Atkinson’s ‘Human Croquet’ – not that it’s a bad book – it just confused me! Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Angel’ is in there too – for such a chilling heroine.
No competition: ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ – a brilliant ‘summer read’
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I once dreamt I was in ‘Kidnapped’ – but I guess it was one of those ‘being hunted’ dreams.
I once read Mills and Boon – for a dare!
15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Caesar’s Gallic Wars Book 2
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
French every time – the Russian writers tend to be long and bleak – like their winters.
I’ve not read a word of either.
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Depends on the company.
Austen for pleasure – Eliot for instruction.
‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ for fun.
Not my milieu
‘Mrs Dean’s Dilemma’ or anything by Maupassant, or Saki (except the one about the wolves!)
29) Who is your favourite writer?
Jane of course – but there are many others I like very much too. Really.
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
The complete Anne of Green Gables series – for pure nostalgia
Victoria Hislop ‘The Island’