Award-winning author Ann M. Martin takes the stage for London Book & Screen Week’s 5-minutes with…
What was the last book you read?
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love, by Kristin Kimball. I love memoirs, and this one grabbed me on the first page. I’ve already bought copies to give as gifts.
And what did you read it on?
I read the book. I don’t have a Kindle or any kind of e-reader. I like books and bookshelves, bookstores and libraries. Sitting on one of my shelves is a sign a friend gave me recently that says BOOK JUNKIE.
What’s next on your reading list?
Next up is Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay, followed by Meanwhile there are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross MacDonald, edited by Marrs and Nolan.
What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?
To Kill a Mockingbird, which is both my favourite book and my favourite movie. I never tire of being invited into Scout’s small-town world, imperfect as it is.
What is the best book you’ve read that is set in London?
I’ve read so many books set in London that it’s hard to choose one. I’m a Dickens fan and particularly like A Christmas Carol. Also, a book that charmed my entire family when it was first published was 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff.
What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
The Big Bang Theory. I discovered it late and had fun catching up on the first few seasons. Now I can’t wait for each new episode.
Go on, let us know your guilty pleasure from the world of fiction.
These books don’t even feel like a guilty pleasure; I enjoy them guilt-free: the Agatha Raisin mysteries by M.C. Beaton. I snap up each new one she writes. First, I read all the Hamish Macbeth stories, then I discovered Agatha Raisin, a character who makes me laugh out loud.
You’re stranded on a desert island – what 3 books would you want with you?
To Kill a Mockingbird, since I don’t seem to be able to read it often enough; The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton, one of my favorite picture books from my childhood; and then, if such a thing existed, a compendium of the Agatha Raisin mysteries.
What was your first job?
When I was seven, I got paid a penny apiece to pull dandelions out of our yard. I earned the penny only if the root was attached to the top of the weed. But my first job out of college was teaching fourth grade in a small school in Connecticut.
Where would you most like to be right now?
Exactly where I am – in my house in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. I’m a homebody and love being here. One of my favourite places to visit, though, is the state of Maine. I’d like to be on the island of Monhegan in the summertime.
Follow Ann on Twitter @AuthorAnnMartin and join her at #YASalon on Tuesday 12 April 2016. But HURRY – the tickets are selling out very fast!