I’m a big fan of books, and I’m incredibly proud of being Irish. Naturally, this makes me a huge fan of Irish authors. There’s no better day to celebrate my love of some of the scribes from the Emerald Isle.
When I was growing up, one of my favourite authors was Jacqueline Wilson. Any time my Dad ordered books I’d always ask for a new book of hers.
I’ve seen stage plays, films and TV shows set on her novels, and loved every second of them. Rather than the light and happy issues most books for young readers focus on, Jacqueline’s books delved a little deeper, with stories featuring domestic abuse, unemployment, divorce and bipolar disorder to mention a few.
It’s no wonder she’s one of the most beloved authors in the UK. Jacqueline told us like it was. These books formed such a huge part of my childhood, it’s hard for me to believe a lot of them actually pre-date me.