Margaret Mahy on her favourite books

Author Margaret Mahy. Photo / Steven McNicholl
Author Margaret Mahy. Photo / Steven McNicholl

Margaret Mahy - Author

What is your favourite book?

That's an impossible question. But I do really like Nicholas Nickleby and other Dickens books.

Why?

They've got a lot of true things to say about life and the world, even though they're now of course very aged. I like the names of the characters and books like Nicholas Nickleby have a lot of drama.

How many times have you read it?

I must have read Nicholas Nickleby about three times, but not recently.

What is your favourite movie?

I've always been very fond of The Wizard of Oz.

Why?

I liked the transformation from black-and-white to colour when she goes into Oz. And I liked all the book characters, like the Tin Man and the Scarecrow - they were Dorothy's friends but they were all different. But I just think it was well done and I liked the songs and everything, not that I sing them, though.

How many times have you watched it?

I think it's been about four or five times now.

- NZ Herald

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