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Literary passions set to run high at Desert Island Books event

Three celebrated authors will take part in a Desert Island Discs style event when they share the books they would take to the proverbial uninhabited island with audiences at this year’s Wimbledon Book Festival.

Posted: 28 August 2014

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University of Roehampton lecturer Adam Foulds will be speaking at the Desert Island Books event at the Wimbledon BookFest

Adam Foulds, author of the acclaimed In the Wolf’s Mouth, and a lecturer at the University of Roehampton, will join Rachel Johnson, former editor of The Lady magazine, and Daisy Godwin, whose latest collection of poetry has just been published for the Desert Island Books session on Sunday 5 October. Their 90 minute discussion will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster Jane Thynne, a patron of the BookFest.

Mr Foulds, who has been listed as one of Granta magazine’s top 20 best young writers, and has taught writing masterclasses at the University, hinted at his favourite book, describing it as a collection of poetry from the first half of the 20th century.

He said: “Everyone who enjoys a good read will have that one book that influenced them, or made them think, or triggered an emotion, or just made them want to know more about a person or event.

The joy of our Desert Island Books session is the three of us will have completely different ideas and will be absolutely passionate about our own favourites, so people can expect a real literary melting pot.

“When I talk to students at Roehampton about their favourite books we have some great and quite inspirational suggestions, so it’s going to be very interesting to see what Wimbledon and Wandsworth people think of our choices.”

Fiona Razvi, Director of Wimbledon BookFest said: “To have a line up of three established writers with such different tastes will guarantee a great evening’s discussion, all in the best traditions of Desert Island Discs of course. Adam, Rachel and Daisy all have strong opinions on their best ever reads and I’m sure everyone will be looking forward to some great ideas for their own winter reading as a result.”

The Desert Island Books discussion is one of more than 60 events at this year’s Wimbledon BookFest, others include film screenings, a literary pub quiz, poetry readings, sports nights, events for schools and numerous literary discussions. The festival is based around Wimbledon Village and the common. The University of Roehampton is the official higher education partner for this year’s festival. For more details, visit the Bookfest website or use the hashtag #commonpeople on twitter.

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