Here’s the Desert Island question: if you’re going to be stuck on a desert island for the rest of your life and you could only take three books, what would they be?
Only three – seriously?!
I’d start with The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. It’s about a father and son trying to survive in a grey, dying world – it’s absolutely wonderful, and it’d hopefully make me appreciate the blue skies and turquoise seas and all the colourful fish!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman takes the premise that all the gods from all the lands that have ever been brought to America from different cultures are still there. This is the story of what they get up to.
I’d also take along a ‘Best of’ collection of short stories – maybe the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror #18, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. It has the advantage of being big, for a start, and it has great variety, and on top of that it includes ‘Watch and Wake’ by M.T. Anderson, which gives me the complete heebie-jeebies.