5 minutes with…

Irish bestselling author, Marian Keyes takes the stage for London Book & Screen Week’s 5-minutes with…

What was the last book you read?
Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe.

And what did you read it on?
A paper copy. I’m one of the lucky people who got a proof – it’s wonderful.

What’s next on your reading list?
A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard.

What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?
Gone With the Wind.

What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
Series 5 of Scandal, Thicker Than Water (Swedish thing) and Ray Donovan.

Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure….
George Michael, ALWAYS George! Except I don’t feel guilty about it.

…and one from the world of fiction?
Weeeeeelll, I don’t really hold with people feeling guilty about books that give them pleasure. Who gets to say which books are worthy and which books we should feel guilty about?

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Danny de Vito.

What was your first job?
Washing dishes in a pizza restaurant.

Who has been your greatest inspiration, and why?
Mammy Keyes. Knows how to tell a great story–the importance of capturing an entire person in 3 or 4 adjectives; withholding vital plot points until the right moment and dropping moments of intrigue just when interest is flagging. I learnt from a master.

Follow Marian on Twitter @MarianKeyes. She’ll be talking to Good Housekeeping about Making It Up As I Go Along, her new collection of essays on modern life, filled with her witty and wise thoughts on everything from breaking up with your hairdresser to turning 50 on Tuesday 12 April 2016. But HURRY – tickets are selling out very fast!


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