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I read a great deal, and frankly I'd rather not imagine a life
without books. The lion's share of what I read is probably fantasy
and magical realism, but I have favourites from all sorts of
genres. The two books I think everyone should read before they die
are Wise Children by Angela Carter and The Passion by Jeanette
Winterson, but I have very many other dear loves: A Midsummer
Night's Dream, Fire and Hemlock, Mrs Dalloway, Anne of Green
Gables, Lord of the Rings, Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, The Bell
Jar, Bonjour Tristesse, Claudine, The Thirteenth Tale, The Women's
Room, Sophie's World.
I have pretty damn eclectic musical tastes. Amanda Palmer and the
Dresden Dolls stole my heart when I was fourteen and never gave it
back, although at about the same time David Bowie laid claim to
significant chunks of my soul. Confident female vocalists make me
happy: Lilly Allen, Ida Maria, Catatonia, Rasputina, Florence and
the Machine, Emilie Autumn, Marina and the Diamonds, Siouxsie
Sioux, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Hazel O'Connor, Blondie, Joni Mitchell,
Pink, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lady Gaga, Regina Spektor, Pretty
Balanced, Garbage, all the rest of it. Very many of the songs of my
heart were written by blokey bands whose lyrics border on poetry -
New Model Army, the Pogues, the Levellers, Billy Bragg, the Smiths,
the Doors, Madness, Carter USM, the Clash. And then there's
everyone else, all the music I love that doesn't fit so neatly into
those boxes. Belle and Sebastian, the bird and the bee, My Life
Story, Adam and the Ants, June Tabor, Norma Waterson, Franz
Ferdinand, She Wants Revenge, the Prodigy...I could go on and on.
I'm afraid if you ask me about films I'll tell you about musicals.
Cabaret, Chicago, Moulin Rouge, Rocky Horror, Sweeney Todd, Repo!,
Showboat, The Sound of Music, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mary
Poppins, The King and I, Carousel, I'm quite sure you get the
picture. I have a secret soft spot for Disney princesses, because I
was one of *those* girls. I have some televisual loves, too - I'm
afraid I'm a Joss Whedon fangirl, and Buffy or Angel or Firefly or
Dollhouse all hit me in the right way. There's also a great deal of
very good British drama out there - Desperate Romantics, Skins,
Misfits, Life on Mars, Black Books, Spaced. When I don't think
anybody's looking I love Gossip Girl dearly. And yes, I rode the
Glee train. How could I not?
And food. That's the last thing they say I'm supposed to talk about
in this category: food. It's a pretty damned important thing to me,
actually, and I'm always happy when it features heavily in a
relationship. Eating together and cooking together is bonding,
enjoyable, important. I'm a vegetarian, but that doesn't mean I
can't be a foodie. I like absolutely everything that isn't either
meat or olives. If it has cheese in it, I'll love it - assuming
it's not really crap cheese, of course. I'm more into savoury than
I am sweet, but that doesn't mean I don't love my dessert too. On
bad days all I want is crisps and cheesecake. I love meze and tapas
and anything where I get to try a million different little things.
My favourite cuisines are probably Indian and Turkish, but there's
something I love to be found anywhere. Take me to a restaurant that
does good vegetarian dim sum and I'll love you forever. I know of
precisely one, and I go there whenever I get a chance.