All Simon James Green Wants For Christmas Is...

5 people you'd want to spend Christmas with:

OK, I’m going to exclude family and friends because otherwise they’ll read this, not be on it, and be all, “Thanks a billion, you old Scrooge!” So… I’d like to spend Christmas with Joan Hickson, in character as Miss Marple (and play Cluedo with her after lunch); Archie from Riverdale because I think he seriously needs some chilled time around my place after all the killing and everything; Noah and Harry from my book, who would run the entertainment and parlour games – god help us); and Liam from Great British Bake Off because of his obvious skills in the kitchen, but also because he blatantly should have won, in my humble opinion. Christmas at mine would be crazy. And by ‘crazy’ I mean TOTALLY RUDDY AWESOME!

4 Books you want under your tree this Christmas:

After the humiliating revelation at YALC that I hadn’t read any of the Harry Potter books, and having now read Philosopher’s Stone, I guess it would make sense to hope for the next four in the series.

3 Christmas foods:

Pigs in blankets – is there a more toothsome delight in the world? I love those things.

Bread Sauce – I know loads of people hate it, but I LOVE bread sauce, especially when it’s properly homemade and not out of a packet. You must infuse the milk with onion, cloves, and bay leaf and make sure you use a quality breadcrumb, finishing with a little nutmeg. Just call me Nigella.

Mince Pie – I adore a warm, freshly baked mince pie. Any fruit filling with alcohol in pastry is fine by me.

2 Christmas films you couldn't live without:

Labyrinth, starring David Bowie. Not based around Christmas, (I don’t think?) but always on at Christmas. Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered… you know the rest.

Home Alone. It just is Christmas, isn’t it?!

1 Christmas song:

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues (feat. Kirsty MacColl).  It’s a great tune, but it’s basically an anti-Christmas song, with youthful optimism and shattered dreams. A bit like life, really. I also think it’s probably the greatest Christmas song ever written.

Simon James Green’s debut YA novel, Noah Can’t Even, was published in May, by Scholastic. It has since also been published in Brazil, and the TV rights sold to Urban Myth Films. The sequel to Noah is due Summer 2018, where more awkwardness and, er… hard times, are promised for the hapless hero. Simon would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and bucket-loads of good luck for the New Year.

Twitter & Instagram: @simonjamesgreen

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