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5-4-3-2-1: Faye Bird

August 24, 2016

It’s great to host a stop on the What I Couldn’t Tell You tour today, as author Faye Bird tackles our 5-4-3-2-1 feature!


TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing)

Strictly Come Dancing – Absolutely number 1 on my list. Always. I’m already counting down the days to the upcoming series.

ER – I watched ER from the start. If there’s a repeat on, I’m there.

Absolutely Fabulous – Loved it when it was first broadcast and have just started watching Series 1 again on Netflix with my daughter and am laughing just as madly as I did the first time around. Comedy genius.

Friends – I’m waiting to get tired of it but it hasn’t happened yet…

Great British Bake Off – Mary and Paul, Mel and Sue, all that bunting and and all that ambitious delicious BREAD and CAKE. Seriously, what’s not to like?


Books you’d save from a burning bookcase

BFG – for the childhood smiles it gave me

The Prophet – for some grown-up wisdom

The Little Prince – for always trying to make sense of the world

To The Lighthouse – for the characters, the relationships, the moments in time


Pieces of advice you’d give yourself if you could travel back in time to before you became a published author

You’ll need the following:

Stamina: A story starts with the blip of an idea… and the excitement, possibility… The reality demands graft, graft and more graft in the writing and rewriting. Be ready.

Patience: It’ll take longer than you think – all of it, not just the getting to publication day, but the whole process. Be prepared.

Belief: If you put in the work and the time it can happen. It really can. So believe!


Places you love to read

In bed – most of the time I read in bed, and bed is always a good place to be!

On holiday – it’s the hours you get when you’re away that you don’t quite get at home that make any holiday, wherever it may be, a perfect place to read and read and read…


Relationships you love reading about

I always enjoy reading about love, in its many guises – whether that be parental, sibling, friendship or romantic love. I recently read Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. Theirs was a relationship that I loved.



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