IMAGE Guest Editor Amy Huberman shares her life in books in the January issue, on shelves nationwide now.
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
Well, saying this book changed my life may be a touch dramatic (but hey, I do love a bit of drama). However, it definitely did have an effect on me: Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman. She articulated so many issues, thoughts and ideologies that impact women’s life experiences today in such an accessible and honest way. Plus, I have never belly laughed so much on public transport reading a book before. To the people on the Piccadilly line Tube circa summer 2011: I’m sorry for all the erupty-spitty-laughy carry-on.
THE BOOK I COULD READ OVER AND OVER AGAIN
I’ve dipped in and out of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please a lot. A friend recommended it to me when I was feeling at a crossroads with how to manage my own guilt with work commitments and a family. Her mantra, “Good for her, not for me”, is such good advice. Everyone’s life situation is different, and what makes a person tick is unique to their own personal circumstances. Also made me laugh out loud.
MY FAVOURITE LITERARY HEROINE…
has to be Marian Keyes, as she was the inspiration for me to write. I love her humour, empathy and insight, and it shines through her writing. She was definitely a catalyst for me giving it a go.
MY FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK
Anything by Roald Dahl, but The BFG in particular; it’s so enchanting. He had such a unique imagination, and such a fantastic sense of mischief and irreverence. I was captivated. It also layered a further sprinkle of magic to a city I have always loved, where my own father is from: London town.
MY FAVOURITE LINE FROM A BOOK IS…
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience” – Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
THE LAST BOOK I WROTE
I Wished For You, which has led me to develop ideas for the screen.
This article originally appeared in the January issue of IMAGE magazine.