The multi-awarded, fiercely talented young novelist Evie Wyld co-starred with her friend Katie Kitamura at our Birds in the Wood salon earlier this month. Here she shares her bookshelf dos and don’ts in our latest Pamf-LIT:
Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?
I read paperbacks – I had a go at reading on an electronic device just to see what it was like, but I kept accidentally pressing things and losing my place. It made it feel like research rather than reading. And I run a bookshop (Review Bookshop in Peckham), so I’m in favour of actual books.
How do you organise your books?
Initially we organised them alphabetically, but we’ve bought so many in the past 5 years that it’s gone out the window. Now books are lucky if they find a shelf to sit on rather than being piled up by the steps in the fashion preferred by hoarders.
What’s the book you reread more than any other?
Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs
What’s the book you own but have never read?
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I really wanted to read it and then some friends very sweetly gave me a signed first edition, all wrapped up and so obviously I didn’t open it.
What’s on your nightstand?
About 9 half full mugs of water and A Natural History of Ghosts by Roger Clarke
What’s in your handbag?
Sudafed, handkerchiefs, leaking biros, scratched sunglasses and unpaid bills.
What’s the book you foist on people?
The Gamal by Ciaran Collins
Name the four books that mean the world to you
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, Maus by Art Spielgelman, The Dog of the Marriage by Amy Hempel and The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.
Evie Wyld’s second novel All the Birds, Singing is out now.
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