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I put this page way down at the bottom where no one ever looks.

I’m not sure why.

It’s full of lists of all my favourite things, so it’s not that it isn’t important.

Anyway, I’m glad you found it. I love a good list, don’t you?

Have a scroll through, see if you can spot any of your own favourites.

My 5 favourite books

1. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

2. How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran

3. White Oleander, by Janet Fitch

4. The Girls, by Emma Cline

5. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

 + a sneaky bonus fave:

6. Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton

I finished @dollyalderton’s #EverythingIKnowAboutLove yesterday and I’m really not sure what to do with myself now. • Over the past couple of days it’s kept me from my work in an afternoon, given me something other than Instagram captions to read first thing in a morning and had me up until gone 2am at night. • Dolly is funny, smart and self-aware and her debut is everything I love about memoirs; the confessions, the subtleties, the complexity of emotions. Oh and that last paragraph! That last paragraph is *beautiful!* • “To lower your heart rate and drift off on nights when sleep feels impossible, dream of all the adventures that lie ahead of you and the distances you’ve travelled so far. Wrap your arms tightly round your body and, as you hold yourself, hold this one thought in your head: I’ve got you.” • For me the book is better than Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl and only a smidge behind Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman. It’s one that I’ll keep forever and reread often. • Did I mention that I HIGHLY recommend it? 💛📚👑 • Edit: Oh, and if you’ve read the book and loved it, or you’d like to but haven’t got time or already have a huge ‘to be read’ pile, check out the podcast: Love Stories with Dolly Alderton. I 💛 @emmafreud’s episode so much!

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My 8 favourite TV series

1. Band of Brothers, HBO (2001)

2. Girls, HBO (2012 – 2017)

3. This Is Us, NBC, (2016 – )

4. Treme, HBO, (2010 – 2013)

5. Mad Men, AMC,  (2007 – 2015)

6. Top Gear: The Specials, BBC, (2007 – 2014)

7. Game of Thrones, HBO, (2011 – )

8. Gilmore Girls, The WB, (2000 – 2007, 2016)

8 documentaries that move me

1.When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, HBO (2006)

2. What the Health, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn (2017)

3. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn (2014)

4. Gaga: Five Foot Two, Netflix (2017)

5. Maidentrip, Wild Shot Films (2013)

6. Amy, Univeral Music (2015)

7. Kingdom of Us, Netflix (2017)

8. Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore, (2002)

5 women who inspire me

1. Emma Gannon

2. Dolly Alderton

3. Caitlin Moran

4. Scarlett Curtis

5. Lena Dunham

My 10 favourite films

1. Goodwill Hunting (1997)

2. True Romance (1993)

3. Forrest Gump (1994)

4. Julie & Julia (2009)

5. About Time (2013)

6. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

7. Shawshank Redemption (1994)

8. The Boat That Rocked (2009)

9. The Sound of Music (1965)

10. Into the Wild (2007)

“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.” – Jim Jarmusch

My 4 favourite podcasts/talk radio shows

1. Desert Island Discs (1942 – )

2. Ctrl Alt Delete, Emma Gannon (2016 – )

3. Love Stories, Dolly Alderton (2018 – )

4. Being Freelance, Steve Folland (2015 – )

My 6 fave episodes of Desert Island Discs (so far*)

1. Tom Hanks, 8th May 2016

2. Bill Nighy, 14th March 2004

3. Kathy Burke, 15th August 2010

4. Sue Perkins, 9th July 2017

5. Jo Malone, 11th January 2015

6. Lynn Barber, 30th July 2010

*Those archives are vast. There’s a lifetimes worth of listening there already, and it’s still going.

My Desert Island Discs

1. Run to You, Whitney Houston, Whitney: The Greatest Hits (2000)

From the days when there’d be a stack of CDs next to a small CD player in the kitchen and my mum would sing along in her loudest voice whilst doing the ironing.

2. Fighter, Christina Aguilera, Stripped (2002)

Sleepovers in my friends’ living rooms with all the furniture pushed to the borders whilst 8 of us danced our home-choreographed routines.

3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, United (1967)

Those early drinking years, aged just 14 and 15, where we’d hold hands as we ran across the park singing this song to each other and meaning every word.

4. Chop Suey!, System of a Down, Toxicity (2001)

One of 3 songs that ended the playlist every single night at the small backpacker’s hostel in Cairns where I lived and worked in for 3 months.

(NB: I wonder if they still play those same 3 songs?)

5. Sweet Disposition, The Temper Trap, Conditions (2008)

The party years; seen through young and vulnerable eyes that had a tendency to romanticise the painful and reckless.

6. Society, Eddie Vedder, Into the Wild (2007)

A film, a song and an album that captured the feeling of those melancholy years in my early twenties, when nothing seemed right and I couldn’t find my place in the world.

7. Alas, I Cannot Swim, Laura Marling, (title song) 2008

Forever a push in the right direction. A reminder that fear is the enemy of happiness; most needed during my stormy mid-twenties when things got dark and desperate.

8. Hey Girl, Lady Gaga (featuring Florence Welch), Joanne (2016)

A song that, for me, represents the women who inspire me today and all the things they’re making. They’re everything that’s helping me become who I am in 2018, and being able to connect with them online is a precious gift.