|From Scotland on Sunday, March 2004-What books are on your bedside table?
Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness by Kenzaburu Oe, All Quiet on the Western
-Which books have you been unable to finish?
Kenzaburu Oe has been on the bedside table for about as long as
-What was your favourite childhood book?
Willard Price’s Adventure series, in which a boy’s give-away weakness
-Which book would you buy as a present?
I’m currently buying Hagakure, The Book of the Samurai. This eighteenth-century How To guide advises the true warrior to wear rouge, and ‘underwear made from the skin of a badger’. It also justifies random decapitation. Highly therapeutic.
Any of the caricatured young women in blockbuster novels from the
-Which authors do you most admire?
Dead ones, mostly. To really admire an author, it helps to re-invent their personality as well as the events in their books. Less chance of disappointment.
-Bookmark or page fold?
Bookmark, obviously, or what would the librarian say? I currently