5 Minutes with Lauren Whitehead

5 Minutes with Lauren Whitehead

Lauren Whitehead runs the book-based YouTube channel ‘Reads and Daydreams’; over the past three years she has gained 20k subscribers and created official content for the Man Booker Prize, Costa Book Awards and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She was named The London Book Fair’s Booktuber of the Year in 2018.


What was the last book you read?

When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy.

What did you read it on?

Good old-fashioned paper.

What’s next on your reading list?

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson.

You are stranded on a desert island. What three books would you want with you?

Anna Karenina, Vanity Fair and The Lord of the Rings (definitely one long book).

Which is your favourite bookshop or e-bookstore and why?

Foyles in London because I LOVE getting lost in a huge bookshop and discovering new things.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

Sorry, I Finished the Biscuits.

Which great novel have you tried to read but failed?

War and Peace. I just couldn’t read about military tactics for a second longer!

What was the first book that made you cry?

Can’t remember if I cried much growing up, but as an adult it was A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride.

What was your favourite childhood book?

The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson.

If you could tell your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Just. Stop. Worrying.


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