BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

MY BOOKS from WWI to the Year 2081 by a TV writer who “so wanted The Borrowers to be true” First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY DOM SHAW, screenwriter, director, producer and novelist. I always wanted to be able to say Groucho’s line. ‘I can sing, dance, play the piano and in an emergency, move … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS from Lord of the Rings to an re-interpretation of Greek mythology First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

A selection from Joe Jacobs, child psychotherapist What’s the first book you remember reading (or being read to you)? Kemlo and the Craters of the Moon by E.C. Eliott published … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS and other favourite things from The Terrible Tudors to the extraordinary Pablo Picasso by Aylah, aged 7

What book are you reading right now? Horrible science And the one you read before that? Jacqueline Wilson’s Katy First line: I’m Katy Carr. I’m the eldest. What book would … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · 6 Comments

MY BOOKS from time slip children’s fiction to a million copy bestseller about brotherly love…First lines, first books, first literary loves….

BY Nikki Sheehan, YA author What’s the first book that a made a big impact on you? Tom’s Midnight Garden. The timeslip idea blew my mind! What book are you … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · 3 Comments

MY BOOKS and how I was saved by my sister and Dostoevsky…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Julie Drake – I am  retired and enjoying the many new (and old) things I now have time to do – particularly reading in bed in the morning! What’s … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · 3 Comments

MY BOOKS from Ladybird Fairy Tales to Plants for the Future…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Venetia Carter. I’ve written and self-published a book* and am now wondering if that is the one book that everyone has inside them or whether there’s anything else in … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS from Rebecca to an Alice Walker short story…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Laura Wilkinson. Laura is a feminist and lover of ginger hair. A resident of an unfashionable quarter of Brighton, she likes to write stories which entertain and provide food … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · 4 Comments

MY BOOKS from Winnie the Pooh to Nine Billion Names for God…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Pat Burt, retired graphologist. She now has a team of seeing eye cats to help and hinder her.  (Dictated to Bridget) What’s the first book you remember reading (or … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS from Asian Noir to the poetry of Graham Mort…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Sophie Jenkins. Sophie lives in north London and her novel The Forgotten Guide to Happiness is about memory and the enduring power of love. Twitter: @sophiejenkinsuk sophie@sophiejenkinsauthor.com  What’s the first … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS from Winnie the Pooh and World War II to Brain Surgery First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Josie Darling: specialist nurse, mum of four, swimmer, gardener, scribbler. Blog: https://plotpartners.blog What’s the first book you remember reading (or being read to you)? Zaralda and the ogre What’s … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · 5 Comments

MY BOOKS from knights in armour to Simon Schama…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

This is the start of a new series on the books we remember, the books that have changed our lives and the books we are reading right now…and by ‘we’ … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · Leave a comment