Literary tastes revealed...

Tying in with our celebration of the Fortuna Pop! label's 15 years in existence we asked one of their best, Allo Darlin', to join us in the the library for a chat about their literary habits.

Front woman Elizabeth Morris talked to us about her favourite book, favourite author, lost classics and how her reading habits influence the band's output.

What is your favourite book and why?

I don't have a favourite book, but I do have a couple that I like to re-read. Generally I'm a non-fiction person, but in terms of fiction that book I re-read the most is probably Naive Super by Erlend Loe. Actually I think that qualifies as non-fiction anyway...

What other authors do you like?

Stephen Hawking! I also like that directors series like Lynch on Lynch, Herzog on Herzog. Those books are great. I like Paul Auster, Raymond Carver, Tim Winton. Oh The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is another amazing book.

What draws you to certain books?

Generally the subject matter. Or if somebody tells me to read it. Never the cover.

Have you ever discovered a real lost classic? What is it and why?

I don't think so. I think most books I read are pretty well known.

Do your literary influences have a direct impact on your songwriting?

Probably not. On my life though, certainly. That Werner Herzog book where he talks about people who have a back-up plan always doing their back-up plan and never following through with their dreams - that made me quit my job!

What are you reading at the moment?

I'm re-reading Lynch on Lynch. And Kinski's autobiography, although that's pretty crazy and I'm losing interest.

What is the first book you remember reading as a child?

Good question...I was obsessed with a book about a girl who runs away from home and lives on a boat with a garden. I can't remember what it was called. But it was my favourite.

Did you make good use of your library card as a child / teenager?

Not really. Our local libraries never had the books I wanted. I did grow up in the sticks though, so this is not a reflection on libraries as a whole.

How do you think literature achieves timelessness?

People love stories. If it's a good story people will want to read it forever.

Do you read book reviews?


Would you ever re-read the same book?

Yes! All the time.

Have you ever identified with a character in a book? Which one and why?

Always! I think that's how you get into a story, somehow you relate to somebody.

Do you read one book at a time or more than one?

Er, yes. I normally have 2 books on the go.

Is there an author / poet you would like to collaborate with?

Erlend Loe.

Interview by Robin Murray

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