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? 

The Queen

Who is your villain of the year? 

Jimmy Saville

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