Lee Weeks is the author of The Trophy Taker, The Trafficked, Death Trip and Kiss & Die. Her writing is a reflection of her real life adventures. As Lee has said, “I bought a one way ticket to Hong Kong and spent a year getting into even more trouble than usual. But the point of the trouble was to write about it.”
Below, she offers us a peak into her bookshelves, and the books that really mean something to her.
What author have you discovered and loved recently?
I have found Jo Nesbø and love him although the names drive me mad and some books seem rushed to tie up loose ends, but he is a genius.
Is there an author who is your guilty pleasure (or any book you’d rather have a brown paper bag over while reading?)
What’s the book you’d choose as your Desert Island book?
I have said the Bible before, because of all the stories rather than anything religious. Other than that, Gone with the Wind then I could run around the island saying ‘fiddle de dee ‘as I go nuts.
Is there a book that you lend out and push onto all your friends?
Yeah, has to be Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen – so brilliant and everyone loves it.
Can books change lives? If so, which one changed yours?
The Last of the Mohicans changed my life. It stuck in my mind as the perfect book. It has everything I ever want from a book: big fight scenes, unrequited love, thrilling chase scene. Perfect. I think it warped me as a person. No one could ever compare with Uncas!
What are your top ten books?
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
The Terrible Rain: War Poets, 1939-45
Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi
Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo.
Bangkok Eight by John Burdett
Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
The Plague by Albert Camus
Anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What’s your most treasured book on your bookcase?
My most treasured book is my anthology of poems by Wilfred Owen.