5 minutes with….

 Holly Bourne takes the stage for London Book & Screen Week’s 5-minutes with…

What was the last book you read?

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and I’ve been forcing it into the hands of everyone I’ve seen since.

What’s next on your reading list?

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik – I’ve heard great things.

What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?

The Perks of Being A Wallflower is probably the only book-to-screen adaptation that didn’t make me want to thump the walls of the cinema for missing out the best bits. I will never forgive the screenwriters of Prisoner of Azkaban for failing to mention that the Marauders Map was created by Harry’s dad.

Which writer would you have loved to have met – and why?

Louise Rennison. She’s always been my biggest influence as an author, and I still can’t believe she’s gone. I’m so, so gutted.

What TV series are you obsessing over right now?

I’m re-watching all the Buffy’s for the first time since I was a teenager. I forgot how impeccably brilliant it is.

Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure….

Alice Cooper, and I don’t feel guilty about it at all.

…and one from the world of fiction?

I feel very strongly that no-one should feel guilty about what they enjoy reading and why.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

“Does my brain have to come, too?”

What was your first job?

I worked in a video rental store, which seems very retro now. Not even DVD rentals, VHS. I actually had to say to people, “be kind, please rewind” because I’m freakin’ old.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Some very good chef who would do all the cooking but let me take the credit. Otherwise I’d just end up serving Winston Churchill some burnt beans on toast or something…

Where would you most like to be right now?

Taos Diner, in New Mexico, about to order a plate of ‘Copper John’ eggs. The best food I’ve ever had.

Follow Holly on Twitter  @holly_bourneYA and join her at #YASalon on Tuesday 12 April 2016. But HURRY – we will release another 5 tickets to this sold out event at 9am, Wednesday 16th March: http://london-book-and-screen-week.bitnamiapp.com/event/YA-salon 


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