My Life in the Books: John Connolly


John Connolly has published over 30 books, including the successful Charlie Parker series, The Book of Lost Things and his latest novel, The Nameless Ones. The Dublin-born author’s anthology, Shadow Voices: 300 Years of Irish Genre Fiction: A History in Stories, has just been published by Hodder & Stoughton.

The books at your bedside?
We have a very large library in the bedroom, which always seems to have a surplus of unread books. The most recent additions include The twelve lives of Alfred Hitchcock by Edward White, Prey of the ocean by John Sandford, Day of the Assassins: A History of Political Murder by Michael Burleigh, and Women against Hollywood: the rise and fall of women in cinema by Helen O’Hara. I tend to alternate between non-fiction and fiction although I try to fill in the gaps in my reading skills, so most of the fiction is not new at all.

The first book you remember?
The first book I read on my own was a Seven secrets novel by Enid Blyton. I remember sitting at a table by the window at home, painstakingly breaking down the longest words syllable by syllable. A few years ago at an event for young readers, a child pointed out to me that the first book I had read on my own was a detective story, which had never struck me before.

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