WHAT BOOK would author Terry Deary take to a desert island?
- Terry Deary says he is currently reading Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osbourne
- He would take The Napoleon Of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton to a desert island
- He admits that he has never finished a book written by Charles Dickens
…are you reading now?
Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne, a new Philip Marlowe story based on Raymond Chandler’s creation. Marlowe is the man I want to be, both the book character and as played by Humphrey Bogart on film. Here is Marlowe at 72 . . . which just happens to be my age.
…would you take to a desert island?
Horrible Histories creator Terry Deary says he is currently reading Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osbourne
I never tire of The Napoleon Of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton. A book written in technicolour.
…first gave you the reading bug?
As a child I read The Ladybird Book of British Birds to destruction. I saw eagles in our back garden and dodos in the trees (though my dad insisted they were sparrows).
…left you cold?
I risk being dismissed as a philistine — which may well be true. But I have to confess I have started many — but not finished any — books by Charles Dickens. Mea culpa.
Wiggott’s Wonderful Waxworld by Terry Deary (Scholastic £6.99).