Not Enough Bookshelves: Countdown to Christmas Guest Post – Jaclyn Moriarty

Monday, 20 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas Guest Post – Jaclyn Moriarty

For the final post in the Couple Christmas Countdown I am delighted to welcome Jaclyn Moriarty. Jaclyn is the author of some of my favourite books, including Feeling Sorry for Celia, The Year of Secret Assignments and The Ghosts of Ashbury High. I can not wait for her next book, which is the first in a series titled The Kingdom of Cello. The tiny snippet of information on Goodreads (read it here) is killing me. It sounds like a departure from the Ashbury books, but a good departure. Jaclyn also has a blog, I have a Be Made of Buttermilk Pancakes. Although she’s not currently posting, it is worth reading the achieves for some truly lovely posts. Now here’s Jaclyn on her favourite couples, enjoy!

My Favourite Couple

I’ll tell you who I like from tv. I like those two from Extras, Andy and Maggie (Ricky Gervais and Ashley Jensen). I like how they make fun of each other, sometimes gently, sometimes cruelly, but call each other late at night and talk about nothing like best friends. They’re so relaxed around each other, and they want to make one another laugh.

I also like Gavin and Stacey from Gavin and Stacey, but even more than them, their sharp-edged best friends, especially the chain-smoking woman dressed in black. Those two make a great couple, circling each other, him agitated and not making eye contact, her gazing steadily into the middle distance. (And the actors who play them were funny on the DVD special features.)

In movies, I always found the couple in Room with a View extremely sexy, and the opening sequence of Up made me cry. I wish Up had been more about that couple rather than about all those dogs. All those dogs bothered me, like a nightmare or madness.

In books, I like CC and Shrimp from Rachel Cohn’s Gingerbread and its sequels. I also like this very old couple in an Alice Munro story that I once read, only I can’t remember its name. There was a moment of such tenderness right at the end of the story. I like many couples from the short stories and novels of Carol Shields – older couples again, with chipped and damaged relationships, who are now intertwined and enormously grateful for each other. But my favourite Carol Shields book is about a younger couple, The Republic of Love, the two characters drawing closer and closer together, along a stream of lively, lyrical, funny, warm prose.

Finally, at the moment, I am very keen on Jackson Brodie from the Kate Atkinson novels. Not him in a couple, but single, as I wouldn’t mind ending up with him myself.

Thanks so much Jaclyn. I must just add my own two cents and second Jackson Brodie as a truly wonderful character, and Kate Atkinson as a spell binding writer.

Tomorrow I’ll be doing a round up and then on the 22nd I’ll be picking the winner, or will be. So there is still time to enter!


  1. I'll have to read those books by Kate Atkinson! I hadn't heard of them before. Thanks for the recommendations!


  2. Jaclyn Moriarty as guest that is awesome. I loved Feeling Sorry for Celia.

    I will have to check out Kate Atkinson books 🙂


  3. what a lovely post (as I knew it would be) I just love the way she talks about things ~ and she's mentioned so many couples!



  4. I haven't read this yet – I'll have to fix that soon! Thanks for the tip 🙂


  5. I appreciate the recommendations.

    seriousreader at live dot com


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