The Omnivore recommends …
The Spectator book blog’s Shelf Life is a strange assortment of the eccentric and past it. We particularly loved this week’s guest:
Wilbur Smith is this week’s Shelf Lifer. He tells us which books make him cry, describes the party he wishes he could have attended and lets us in on a ‘highly rewarding but rather sticky experience.’
Apparently, his agent Charles Pick once told him “Write for yourself, and write about what you know best.” He seems to have taken this piece of advice to heart.
1) As a child, what did you read under the covers?
The first book I ever read under the covers at boarding school was Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor. It was a highly rewarding but rather sticky experience.
2) Has a book ever made you cry, and if so which one?
My first unpublished novel was so awful I wept with shame.