The Bookish Life of Gemma Clark

Who are you, how do you know Claire and why does she think you’re cool?

I know Claire through pro-choice networks on social media and now the real world. We interact on Twitter (@Gemma_clark14) , Tiktok (@gemma_clark1) and on Pro Choice Scotland on Facebook. I have no idea why she would think I’m cool as I am quite geeky, but I think all outspoken pro-choice people are cool so could be that.


What was the first book you remember? (Either reading or being read to you)

The first book I remember is The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark which my P2 teacher read to us and it was then the first ‘chapter book’ I read myself.


What are you reading right now?

Right now, I am reading ‘Losing It’ by Sophia Smith Galer which is about sex education (or rather the lack/inadequacy of it).


Plan a dinner party with six fictional guests

My six guests would be Jet and Francis Owens (from the Practical Magic world), their ancestor Maria Owens, Moira from the Handmaid’s Tale, Mariam from A Thousand Splendid Suns and Amir from the Kite Runner.


If you had to live in the world of one book (or series), which would it be?

I would live in the Practical Magic World! I hate that I do not live in this world and cannot cast spells and do magic.


You can read/reread three books for the rest of your life. What’s going on the list?

The Lord of the Rings, Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman and the Diary of Anne Frank

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