Interview with Pippa James
What book inspired your love of reading as a child?
I read so many books as a child, but the ones I remember the most were the Nancy Drew mysteries. I really wanted to be her…
What book took your breath away?
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I only read it a couple of years ago, but the beauty of the writing and the world it created just blew my mind. I’m now on a mission to read all his other books.
What book made you laugh out loud?
I read Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims and laughed so hard my son kept asking me what was so funny – most of it I couldn’t share with him!
What book made you shout at its pages?
Usually, when I shout at a book it’s not a good thing, but I definitely had words with Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. It all felt so real – the characters were just as complicated and infuriating as real people are.
What book made you cry real tears?
Hands down the winner would be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was so sad and so beautiful and there were so many moments when I teared up, even though it kept telling you what was going to happen, when it actually happened the tears flowed.
What book has stayed with you always?
There are so many books I carry with me, but my first true love was Mary Stewart’s This Rough Magic and that combination of danger and adventure, a Greek island setting and references to Shakespeare along with a touch of romance struck a chord.
What book taught you the most?
Can I have a series? I’d go for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books. I devoured them all as soon as they were released in my late teens and early twenties, but over the past few years I’ve been reading them to my kids, now six and nine, and realised just how many themes they deal with, especially the later ones – jealousy and self-doubt, friendships and relationships, bereavement, fear, bullying, politics and the media, trust and deceit, betrayal, ethics, bigotry and racism. I missed so many nuances when I first rushed through them and I’m so glad I get to reread and share these stories with my kids.
What book would you give to a stranger? This is a hard one – there are so many different types of books and readers who knows what they’ll like? I’d have to choose my favourite Jojo Moyes book, The Last Letter From Your Lover, because it weaves together a modern-day storyline with a stunning historical romance and mystery, taking you on an emotional roller coaster but leaving you uplifted.
The Happiness Project by Pippa James
Prepare to be captivated by one of the most poignant and heart-warming books you will read this year, perfect for readers who loved One Day in December.
Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…
With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.
But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?
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