We are delighted that Jemma Wayne, author of Chains of Sand, was able to share with us her favourite books from childhood.
After studying Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Westminster, Jemma Wayne began her career as a journalist at The Jewish Chronicle, and later as a columnist for The Jewish News. She is now a regularly featured blogger at The Huffington Post and continues to contribute to a variety of other publications. Her first play, Negative Space, was staged in 2009 at Hampstead’s New End Theatre, receiving critical acclaim.
Jemma’s debut novel After Before was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, longlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award.
I loved everything by Dr Seuss. So did my father, who often read us the wonderful rhyming tales. Seuss simultaneously channels the most nonsense realms of imagination, with the most fundamental notions of morality. The Sneetches, whose bellies either do or do not don stars, is a tale of difference, of prejudice, of segregation, and ultimately of the realisation that what really matters, has nothing to do with stars (or skin colour, or ethnicity), but what is inside a person’s heart. It was a story that resonated with me then, and in our modern times seems eternally salient.
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