Lynne Pollitt of Hale Bookshop - A life in books
PUBLISHED: 08:33 01 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 20 February 2013
Lynne Pollitt of Hale Bookshop tells us about the books and writers that have influenced her and what is currently on her bedside table
What are you reading at the moment?
I'm actually reading Anne Rice. She wrote Interview with a Vampire and I am reading the second in that series (The Vampire Lestat). It's very similar to the Twilight series, there's a lot of stuff in there that's the same, yet this was written years ago.
What book are you looking forward to starting?
I get a lot of advance copies and there's one called Someone Else's Garden by Dipka Rai. She's a writer from New Delhi. It's not out until next March but it promises to be very good.
What was the first book that got you hooked on reading?
It was seven and I had my tonsils out. My mum bought me the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. That started me on a whole journey. After that I read everything, the Water Babies, Tarka the Otter, Lord of the Rings.
Do you have a favourite beach read?
It used to be Mary Wesley, she was one of my favourites. I could read her again and again. This year it will be Marina Fiorato, who wrote the Glass Blowers Murano. I'll read the Botticelli Secret, which is set in Italy and evokes a great sense of place. You almost feel as if you're there.
Who is your all time favourite author or book?
I like DH Lawrence. He's a classic author and I never get tired of reading him. In fact there's one book of his, The Fox which I haven't read, so I look forward to doing so. I also love Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh.
What is Hale Bookshops best-seller?
The Highway Code. It's forever in the top 10. We sell a lot of novels and at the moment it's the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and others in the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, which are really selling. I didn't like them, I have to say.
The book you least like?
I really struggled with Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel). Life's too short to struggle with a book. If you don't like it, don't feel you have to read it.
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