Reading lists

What I’m reading: Jacqueline Wilson

The author and former Children’s Laureate has a collection of over 20,000 books. But what's been on her bedside table in 2019? Here she shares her latest recommendations, from a well-thumbed classic to a new biography.


I read first thing in the morning and last thing at night – and many hours in between.  When I’m on the road, I tend to travel light, with usually just a change of clothes and washing things, but I always pack at least three books, often more.  I find reading on an electronic device is not the same at all!  I love the look of books, whether they’re new stylish hardbacks, well-thumbed second-hand copies, or smooth leather volumes.  I love fiction, literary biographies, art, nature – and books about books.

Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

I loved his first book about his secondhand bookshop in Wigtown – and this is an equally engrossing sequel.  He describes his weary struggles with staff and customers with dry humour and in spite of everything, he’s retained his passion for books.

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