Lissa Evans

Following a medical degree, Lissa Evans changed careers to become a comedy producer for radio and TV. Her children’s novels have been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, Carnegie Medal, and Branford Boase Award.
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What was your favourite childhood book and why?

I find it hard to choose, but I’d say it was ‘Uncle’ by JP Martin, a slapstick, character-stuffed, laugh-out-loud story about a millionaire elephant who lives in a castle.  The fantastic illustrations are by Quentin Blake  – you’ll know his drawings from Roald Dahl books, and if you Google ‘Quentin Blake Uncle’, you’ll see why the pictures have stuck in my head!

Which of your own books is your favourite and why?

My favourite is Wed Wabbit – partly because I think it’s the funniest of my books, and partly because the idea came to me all in one piece.  Sometimes ideas trickle into place, a bit at a time, but with Wed Wabbit, the story plonked itself whole into my brain.

 Why do you choose to read?

I only have one pair of eyes and one pair of ears and one lifetime, but when I read I can see a thousand different views and hear a thousand new stories and live a thousand different lives.