Idag får Meg Rosoff Almapriset. Jag kände inte till henne tidigare men efter att ha sett henne i Babel och läst några intervjuer är jag alldeles betagen och redo att utnämna henne till min nya idol.
Om uppväxten i en välmående förort:
“It was all incredibly ordinary, and I thought that was the kiss of death to ever being a writer,” she says, with the characteristic Rosoff afterthought that it would be years before she discovered that “the best teacher I ever had in the best school I went to in the best year of my life had been jailed for paedophilia: so there were stories in the boring suburbs.”
Eller det själsdödande jobbet inom reklambranschen:
“It was sexist, idiotic and now I’m proud of myself for getting fired so often, but at the time it was just demoralising,” she says. “It never occurred to me that having a decent intellect was a problem for being good at advertising because they are always trying to tell you what to do.”
Och då har jag inte ens läst hennes böcker, men det ska jag göra nu.