A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.
It’s a bit of a cliché, the whole curling up with a good book thing.
It can also be the best thing ever.
As a child, one of my favourite things in the world was to tuck myself up into bed on an especially chilly or rainy afternoon and read. I read the whole of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tucked up in bed (with tissues, obv). I read my very first Georgette Heyer while rain hammered the roof. I stayed up far, far too late reading in bed late at night and, because I had two parents who did exactly the same, no one tried to stop me (hooray!)
All grown up now, that hasn’t changed. Reading to me is inextricably entwined with “curling up”. Mostly bed, sure, but also on the sofa. I read on trains and flights, but don’t quite feel right doing it. I can’t read in the car. I hate reading in the doctor’s waiting room or at the dining table. Oh, believe me, I’ll do it. Because a good book is a good book and who cares about dropping food on your top because you’re too busy staring at a page to notice where you’re putting your fork? But it never feels quite the same. Give me my sofa and you’ll never see me happier.
What’s your favourite place to read?
Sangu Mandanna was four years old when she was chased by an elephant and wrote her first story about it and decided that this was what she wanted to do with her life. Seventeen years later, she read Frankenstein. It sent her into a writing frenzy that became The Lost Girl, a novel about death and love and the tie that binds the two together.The Lost Girl is out now from HarperCollins Children’s Books (North America), Random House Children’s Books (UK and Commonwealth) and in translation.