favourite things

These are a few of my favourite things!

Places
Places

1 The Campo in Siena // 2 The cliff walk from Sennen Cove to Land’s End // 3 Old Minster Lovell ruins // 4 The Canareggio sestiere of Venice // 5 Santa Maria Novella farmacia in Florence // 6 Huffkins tearoom, Burford //7 The Spanish Steps in Rome // 8 The Temple of Poseidon at Paestum // 9 Durham Cathedral // 10 My publisher’s house in the Lake District

Foods
Foods

1 Toast (wholemeal) // 2 Nuts, especially peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts and almonds // 3 Noodles (Pad Thai not Pot!) // 4 Mattar paneer // 5 Egyptian cauliflower // 6 My husband’s vegetarian kedgeree // 7 Tofu // 8 Vignottes cheese // 9 Spanakopita // 10 Seaweed

Drinks
Drinks

1 Black coffee (real coffee) // 2 Pink grapefruit juice // 3 Red wine // 4 Prosecco // 5 Tea // 6 Latte freddo macchiato (ice-cold milk with a dash of real coffee) // 7 Campari // 8 Cold beer with pizza (about once a year!) // 9 Chambéry // 10 Iced tea with lemon

Animals
Animals

1 Burmese cats // 2 Abyssinian cats // 3 Most other cats! // 4 Tigers // 5 Wolves // 6 Polar bears // 7 Red pandas // 8 Sharks // 9 Ring-tailed lemurs // 10 Ruffed lemurs

Books (children and young adults)
Books (children and young adults)

1 The Changeover, Margaret Mahy // 2 Fire and Hemlock, Diana Wynne Jones // 3 Out of the Ordinary, Annie Dalton // 4 A Pack of Lies, Geraldine McCaughrean // 5 Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman // 6 Each Peach Pear Plum, Janet and Allan Ahlberg // 7 Burglar Bill, Janet and Allan Ahlberg // 8 Holes, Louis Sachar // 9 This is the Bear, Jez Alborough // 10 Russell Hoban’s Hungry 3 quartet

Books for adults
Books for adults

1 The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood // 2 Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell, Susannah Clarke // 3 Ulysses, James Joyce // 4 Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens // 5 Emotionally Weird, Kate Atkinson // 6 The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa // 7 If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller, Italo Calvino // 8 If This is a Man. Primo Levi // 9 The Secret Scriptures, Sebastian Barry // 10 Life, A User’s Manual by Georges Perec

Films
Films

1 Casablanca // 2 Fellini’s 8 1/2 // 3 Jules et Jim // 4 Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (esp. Two Towers) // 5 First Star Wars trilogy (esp. The Empire Strikes Back) // 6 Zoolander // 7 The Producers // 8 Top Hat // 9 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil // 10 Women in Love