WHAT BOOK would author Jane Harper take to a desert island?
- Jane Harper said The Witches by Roald Dahl first gave her the reading bug
- She is currently reading Grown Ups by Marian Keyes and loves all of her novels
- Author said she would take Killing Floor by Lee Child on a desert island with her
. . . are you reading now?
Grown Ups by Marian Keyes. I’ve been a huge fan of her work ever since I happily stumbled across her first novel, Watermelon, at a second-hand book stall.
Ever since then, I’ve bought her books first-hand, as soon as they’re released.
She is a rare talent because her novels tackle hard subjects with such humour and warmth that it’s impossible not to be drawn in.
Jane Harper is currently reading Grown Ups by Marian Keyes and said she loves all of her novels
People completely underestimate how difficult it is to write about serious topics with a light and entertaining touch, and Marian Keyes is a master at this.
. . . would you take to a desert island?
Killing Floor by Lee Child. I probably don’t need to take this book with me, because I’ve read it so many times that I already know it back to front. It’s the first in the Jack Reacher series, and what a fantastic series it is.
Killing Floor introduces the man himself and sets the scene perfectly with one of the best opening chapters I can think of.
I find myself reading it every few years and I enjoy it every single time. It’s a great thriller with a fantastic character, and one I find myself recommending over and over again.
. . . first gave you the reading bug?
The Australian author said The Witches by Roald Dahl first gave her the reading bug
The Witches by Roald Dahl. I was lucky to grow up with parents who were big readers, so it feels like books have always been part of my life. But The Witches was such an eye-opening experience for me, because it was like nothing I had ever read before. It was so terrifying but, at the same time, I couldn’t put it down.
It was the first story I’d ever come across that had a really hard edge to it, and it gave me my first understanding of how big and diverse the book world can be.
. . . left you cold?
Plenty have, and I think we’ve all had the experience of picking up a book that someone’s raving about and desperately trying to work out what all the fuss is about.
I personally never name names though, purely because reading is such an individual experience.
If the author wrote the story they wanted to tell and other readers enjoyed it, then the writer and the book have both done their job well, and that’s always something to be proud of.
Jane Harper is longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year for The Lost Man (Abacus, £7.99).