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.
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.
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
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)