Twitter Q&A With First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

As part of our Virtual Festival to celebrate Book Week Scotland, we held a Twitter chat with the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday 28 November. During the chat, the First Minister answered questions about her favourite books, authors and reading habits. You can catch up with the whole chat here, or check out some of the highlights below to discover her favourite feminist books, top releases of 2017, which Harry Potter character she'd most like to be and the first book she remembers reading on her own.

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Favourite Feminist Books: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Best Political Read: The Knives by Richard T Kelly. "The most authentic political novel I’ve read recently. Highly recommended."

The Novel You Think the World Should Read: Trumpet by Jackie Kay, due to its sheer beauty, humanity and empathy

Character You'd Like to Have to Dinner: Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Harry Potter Character You'd Most Like to Be: Ginny Weasley. I really liked her.

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Top Releases of 2017: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Book That Has Had the Greatest Impact On Your Life So Far: Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

The First Book You Remember Reading All By Yourself: The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton

Female Role Models from Fiction: Karen Pirie from Val McDermid's The Distant Echo, Ifemelu from Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Favourite Quote from a Book or a Poem: “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it” from the wonderful JM Barrie

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Favourite Books Set in Scotland: The Silver Darling by Neil Gunn, any of the Scots Quair trilogy, anything by Ian Rankin or Christopher Brookmyre

Favourite Genre: Historical fiction. "Education and entertainment all in one!"

Which Author, Past or Present, Would you Like to Sit Down With?: Jane Austen or Iain Banks

And finally...A Good Book, or I'm a Celebrity?: A good book! (With apologies to #TeamKez)