Okay, this is a difficult one for me because I find it really hard to make top ten lists – the choice is so incredible and I’m useless at deciding which characters make the top ten list and which ones miss out! Most of this list, apart from one, are from books I read when I was growing up. They were books that I loved and read and reread and made a huge impression on me.
1. Lucy Snowe from Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Villette was Charlotte Bronte’s last book, and I was lucky that it was on my English A Level syllabus when I was seventeen because we got to study it in depth, and I think I would not have been able to really appreciate this book any younger. I loved Lucy Snowe for her cleverness, her sarcasm, her trousting of Victorian notions of how a lady should behave, and mostly for her strength of character in finding her way in the world with no one to help or support her.
2. Tess Durbeyfield from Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Tess was the ultimate tragic heroine for me. Terrible things happened to her, her family failed her, her hero left her. When she found love and happiness, she lost it in a matter of hours. She ended up with someone she hated, and at the end she doomed herself.
3. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
There were two people I wanted to be when I was growing up – one of them was Anne! She was an orphan who at eleven years old was mistakenly sent to live on a farm, Green Gables, with a couple who had wanted to adopt a boy. But they fell in love with her, and Green Gables became Anne’s home. I would have happily moved into Green Gables!
4. Sam from The Long Weekend by me!
Sam is very special for me. His voice came so easily, and it has never left me. People have asked whether I would write a sequel and I always said no because it didn’t feel fair to put Sam through any more trauma. It’s not fair is it...?
5. Aragorn from Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein
When I was growing up, Aragorn was my hero! He was strong, brave, loyal, and secretly royalty! He was honest, but kind to Eowyn about his heart belonging to someone else, and he never once disappointed. What more can you want from a hero!
6. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I’m the eldest of five girls, so I knew exactly what it must have been like for Jo growing up with lots of sisters. She was the other person I wanted to be! She was kind and generous, bookish, a tomboy and fiercely independent.
7. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Scout grew up in a world very much removed from anything I had previously read. She was tough and clever, and like her father, could not bear the injustice they were surrounded by.
8. The Cat from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
What can I say – I haven’t yet met anyone who didn’t love The Cat. Mad, bad and all in rhyme, he turned the house upside down before putting it all back together again. He can babysit me anytime!
9. Bobbie from The Railway Children by E Nesbit
I loved E Nesbit – I had already read Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, but The Railway Children was a special favourite, and I loved the film version. Bobbie was the eldest and in charge and sensible, and the only one of the children to know why they had had to move to the country and what had happened to her father. She’s another strong female character: she even manages to enlist help in order to help free her father.
10. Amber St. Clare from Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
I read Forever Amber when I was about thirteen – a friend gave me the book, I think she knew the extent of my complete naivety! Written by an American but set in Restoration England, the book was initially banned in the States. Amber was a beautiful, daring and magnificently glamorous heroine who went from being an adventuress to becoming a courtesan to King Charles II, from poverty to infamy and wealth, in love with a man who would never lower himself to marry her. She was the ultimate survivor of whatever life threw at her.
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About The Long Weekend:
Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive?
This gripping and hypnotic thriller will have you reading late into the night...
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