Emma Chapman's first novel How To Be a Good Wife was published by Picador in January 2013. Read on for Emma's favourite books past and present.
2012: A year in books
What is your favourite book of the year?
Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
What is your favourite Picador book ever?
Bridget Jones's Diary
What is the book that was most over-rated (fairly or unfairly)?
Fifty Shades of Grey – agh!
What are you looking forward to reading most next year?
I can't wait for Rebecca Wait's The View On The Way Down to come out!
2012: everything else
What was your favourite cultural event of the year?
Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night at The Globe
Who is your hero of the year?
Who is your villain of the year?
What is your most powerful memory of the year?
Arriving in Vietnam to teach English
What is your greatest disappointment of the year?
Missing the 2012 Olympics
What is your resolution for 2013?
Enjoy all the exciting things – both personal and professional!
What is your favorite blog or who is your favourite tweeter?
Words of Mercury Blog by Alan Bowden
What was the best movie?
What was the best song/album?
Lana Del Rey
Give us one Prediction for 2013?
It will rain.
What would you be if you weren’t a writer?
Working at Picador...?
What was your favourite book as a child?
Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree
What is the book you recommend most?
Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
What is your favourite poem?
Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'
Where do you write?
Anywhere I feel in the mood
Can you give one piece of advice to people wanting to become a writer?
Devote your time not only to writing, but to giving your book the best chance to be seen.
One book that changed your life?
Lynne Reid Bank's The L-Shaped Room
One book you have read more than once?
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks