Welcome to Triple Choice Tuesday. This is where I ask some of my favourite bloggers, writers and readers to share the names of three books that mean a lot to them. The idea is that it might raise the profile of certain books and introduce you to new titles, new authors and new bloggers.
I reviewed Graeme’s brilliantly funny novel The Rosie Project yesterday, which is a bestseller in Australia. It is due to be published in the UK in hardcover by Michael Joseph next week (11 April) — and more than 30 other countries in due course.
Graeme also writes screenplays, short stories and short plays. And if that’s not enough, he occasionally produces films, teaches consulting skills and is an expert in data-modelling (his first book, published in 1994, became the standard reference on data modelling and is now entering its fourth edition).
He is married to Anne, a professor of psychiatry who writes erotic fiction. They have two children.
Without further ado, here are Graeme’s Triple Choice Tuesday selections:
Few books can make me laugh out loud. John Irving’s books of this period managed to do that, as well as engage me emotionally and intellectually. There’s a sense of heightened reality in both characters and events, but never to the extent that the story becomes unbelievable.
In 1998, I read film critic Joe Queenan’s story of how he set out to make a feature film for $7,000 and decided to emulate him, having had no previous experience in film-making or even screenwriting. Nine crazy months later, I had a film – and a new direction in life.
A wider audience for a book that’s already sold 300,000 copies? Because everyone should read it. To pass through life without appreciating what we understand about the universe and life seems a great opportunity missed. Most science books written for a supposedly general audience are far too difficult (and I say this as a physics graduate). Bill Bryson is about as clear and entertaining as you can get.
Thanks, Graeme, for taking part in my Triple Choice Tuesday!
What do you think of Graeme’s choices? Have you read any of these books?