Alex Pearl is a very short-sighted and somewhat shambolic copywriter living in leafy North West London with a wife and two kids. 'Sleeping with the Blackbirds', his first published work of fiction, was first published by Pen Press in 2011. In 2014, his short story 'Scared to Death' was published by Mardibooks in its athology 'The Clock Struck War' to mark the centenary of the First World War. His only other claim to fame is that he's probably the only human being on this planet to have been accidentally locked in a record shop on Christmas Eve.
What are your two favourite books, and why?
Ooh, good question. In no particular order, I'd choose 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee because it is so beautifully written from a child's perspective. The characters are wonderfully drawn, and you really do care about them. And Lee's ear for language and dialogue is second to none. It's a touching and deeply moving book that will stay with you for a long time. I read it years ago, and I'm writing about it now. So there you are. Second up, I'd pick 'The Book Thief' by Marcus Zusak. Set during the second world war, this tale revolves around ordinary German people living through extraordinary times. Written in a fairly unconventional style, this book soon envelops you like a warm blanket. It's populated by a lovable cast of characters, and yet you know throughout that death is hanging in the air.
Do you remember the first book you ever read?
I think the first book I ever read was 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King, and I remember really enjoying it. In fact, I read it again recently, and I could see why I enjoyed it all those years ago. It's beautifully written, and is an engaging tale about a little boy who discovers a caveman living in a chalk pit close to his grandparents' house.
Hideous parents and school bullies are making Roy Nuttersley's life a misery. So for comfort Roy looks after the birds in his garden, and in return the birds hatch a series of ambitious plans to protect their new friend. But like so many things in life, these go hideously wrong and the lives of both Roy and his arch tormentor, Harry Hodges, are turned upside down - but in a surprisingly good way.