Feb 19, 2021
The TV presenter, author and Women’s prize judge on reading To Kill a Mockingbird at nine, the influence of Malorie Blackman and her love for David Almond’s novels
The book I am currently reading
There are 57 of them on the go at the moment as I’m a judge on the Women’s prize for fiction panel this year. It’s a massive honour, though I’ll level with you: three months and 51 books down, I’m slightly delirious!
The book that changed me Continue reading...
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which I first read when I was nine years old. Mum gave me her copy from when she was at school, complete with notes in the margins, telling me that life’s greatest lessons couldn’t wait for the GCSE syllabus. To Kill a Mockingbird taught me that we are not equal and we should be, that we have more in common than that which divides us, and that we must speak up for what is right.