On tour: Peadar Ó Guilin
Peadar Ó Guilin (pronounced ‘Padder Oh Gilleen’, according to the author) is an Irish writer, playwright and former stand-up comedian. His latest YA book The Call (David Fickling) is a teenage survival story that mixes Irish mythology, horror and psychological warfare. Ó Guilin will be appearing at Perth Writers Festival in late February.
What would you put on a shelf-talker for your latest book?
A fast-paced adventure, steeped in dark Irish mythology. Loved it!
What are you reading right now?
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough (Hachette). It’s described as a ‘Mean Girls for the Instagram age’.
What are you planning to read next?
Kid Got Shot by Simon Mason (David Fickling). I loved Running Girl, so my hopes are high.
Which book do you always recommend?
There is no one book that’s perfect for everybody. I need to know what you’ve enjoyed in the past before making a suggestion. If we’re sticking to YA, however, I think more people need to read D M Cornish’s Monster Blood Tattoo (Scholastic).
What was the defining book of your childhood?
It has to be The Lord of the Rings (J R R Tolkien, HarperCollins). I read it a dozen times before the age of 14. It’s why I write what I write. It took centre stage in my daydreams for years.
If you were a literary character you’d be …
Frodo Baggins. Or Claudius from Robert Graves’ I, Claudius (Penguin).
What’s your favourite book adaptation (film, television or theatre)?
I loved series one of The Expanse, based on the work of James S A Corey. I also think the Game of Thrones TV show, while not 100% faithful to the books, is still great.
What’s your favourite books website or blog?
Hardback, paperback or digital?
Paperback. Unless I’m travelling, in which case, I carry a dozen reads in digital format.
Facebook or Twitter?
In 50 years’ time books will be …
Beautiful and perfect. Machines will read them and weep tears of oil.
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