Jacqueline Wilson: I love Gogglebox and always cry at One Born Every Minute

The author gives her gives her favourite TV, theatre, books and art picks

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I’ve been reading a lot of Edwardian books because I’ve been writing an enormously long book set in 1913. It was a wonderful excuse to reread early Katherine Mansfield and Helen Thomas’s beautiful autobiographies As It Was and World Without End.

I’ve also read Nina Stibbe’s very funny and charming Love, Nina about her years as a nanny in Gloucester Crescent, borrowing saws from Jonathan Miller, playing jokes on Claire Tomalin and eating supper with Alan Bennett.


I get the most fun out of watching Gogglebox. I especially love June and Leon. I could watch them all night. I always cry at One Born Every Minute.

Visual Arts

I loved the Hannah Höch exhibition of her collages at the Whitechapel Gallery.  It made me want to start making my own. I also enjoyed the David Bailey photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. I lived through the amazing swinging sixties – but apart from one memorable trip to Biba they sadly passed me by entirely. 


I’ve seen the brilliant new production of A Taste Of Honey by Shelagh Delaney at the National.  I saw the original cast at the Royal Court when I was a teenager. The play made an enormous impression on me.

Jacqueline Wilson is appearing at the Cambridge Literary Festival, 6 April at 2pm. The festival runs 1 to 6 April (www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com)