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WHAT BOOK would author Elly Griffiths take to a desert island?

WHAT BOOK would author Elly Griffiths take to a desert island?

  • Elly Griffiths says Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll gave her the reading bug
  • She is currently reading a proof of adventure story Dead Rich by G.W. Shaw
  • Author said she’d take Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons to a desert island

…are you reading now? 

An advance proof of Dead Rich by G.W. Shaw, an adventure story set on a ‘floating palace’. A young musician is invited to join his Russian girlfriend’s family on their luxury yacht — and sinister secrets start to emerge below the Plimsoll line.     

Elly Griffiths is reading an advance proof of Dead Rich by G.W. Shaw, an adventure story set on a ‘floating palace’

…would you take to a desert island?

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. This book never fails to entertain and delight me. Written in 1932, it satirises the doom-laden rural novels of the time.

When order-loving Flora Poste arrives at Cold Comfort Farm, she finds it seething with highly sexed young men and buried secrets, including ‘something nasty in the woodshed’. Flora is a wonderful character and I love the asterisks by the so-called good writing ‘so that you can skip it’.

The British author says Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll gave her the reading bug

…first gave you the reading bug?

Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I first read it when I was about six, lying under the dining room table. I love the dreamlike quality.

Later on I came to love Agatha Christie and wrote my own Christie-esque murder mystery when I was 11, called The Hair Of The Dog. I think it’s quite a good plot even though I can’t remember who did it . . .

…left you cold?

I have never understood the charm of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The golden-haired moppet just strikes me as intensely irritating.

Also, when this book is mentioned by a fictional character, it’s always meant to show that the person is sensitive, intelligent and slightly quirky. And that’s annoying.

The Locked Room by Elly Griffiths is out now. 

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