Miranda Sawyer - A life in books
PUBLISHED: 11:48 11 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:07 20 February 2013
Miranda Sawyer grew up in Wilmslow is a journalist and broadcaster who is one of the patrons of the Manchester Literary festival which runs from October 10th to 23rd
WHAT ARE YOU READING AT THE MOMENT?
Im reading Alistair darlings memoir Back from the Brink because I had to interview him and actually, its really interesting, especially as hes a man who everyone said was the most boring politician in the world. Its incredibly recent and relevant and is all about things like Northern Rock and the banking crisis. Its really actually quite good, Id recommend it. Before that, the book I read and really enjoyed was The Room by Emma Donahoe. At first I was put off it because it was based (loosely) on the Fritzl case and I thought whod want to read that book, they must be mad but its absolutely brilliant, uplifting and a great achievement technically.
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING?
Its a book thats on the Booker prize list called Pidgin English, about an 11 year-old boy on a council estate. Thats right up my strasse. I like modern books.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST BOOK THAT GOT YOU HOOKED ON READING?
I was apparently reading when I was three but the books I really enjoyed around age eight were James Bond hes a raging sexist but it wasnt the women I identified with it was him. I wanted to drink vodka martinis and drive around in an Aston Martin.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE BEACH READ?
I dont really do beach holidays though I did when i was younger. I wouldnt read a different book on the beach or on the beach.
WHO IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE AUTHOR OR BOOK?
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, thats an all time classic, the Great Gatsby, Lolita, fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - theyre all quite macho really. Ive read Jane Austen but Im just not interested. It doesnt do anything for me. I really love James Ellroy but not for the gore, I just fall in love with a good plot
BOOK OR KINDLE?
Ive got no objection to reading on an i-Pod or Kindle, Ive not got a preference at all. The important thing is reading.
THE BOOK YOU LEAST LIKE?
Have you ever read The Ground Beneath her Feet (Salman Rushdie)? It is awful, really pitiful although I kept reading it for the laughs, you know what I mean. His public persona puts me off as well why would I like a book by you? You seem incredibly smug.