Based on the BBC radio programme ‘Desert Island Discs’, we’ve adapted this idea to ask castaways to list up to eight books, one song and one luxury item that they couldn’t do without on a desert island.
The rules are fairly simple, any type of book can be selected, but we ask that at least half are lesfic. Choices should be justified in a paragraph or two. Any type of music is allowed. The luxury item must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.
Lee Winter's Desert Island Books
My book choices
‘The Lily and the Crown‘ by Roslyn Sinclair
I don’t know what it is about this gorgeous and funny tale about a marauding space pirate, a cloistered young gardener, ice queens, and secrets. It’s my favorite lesfic, hands down, and is as juicy as comfort food. I have lost count how many times I’ve read it.
‘A Curious Woman‘ by Jess Lea
Oh, how I loved Jess Lea’s debut novel about the iciest ice queen whoever did ice. A stern museum owner, Margaret, is at war with a rival museum and its sweet, loving-life employee, Bess. Plus there’s a hilarious “is it a fertility symbol or ancient dildo” argument to be settled amidst a backdrop of murder most foul.
‘Alone‘ by EJ Noyes
EJ’s book is beautiful and angsty and really touched me. I loved it to bits.
‘Truth and Measure‘ by Telanu
This is a Devil Wears Prada fan fiction that’s in the process of being turned into two books by Ylva. It’s deliciously long and meaty and a wonderful age-gap romance. Another classic from Telanu/Roslyn Sinclair. I read it several times a year.
‘The Music and the Mirror‘ by Lola Keeley
Lola Keeley’s book is perfection. I don’t care about ballet, but I greatly cared about an intimidating, perfectionist dance instructor and her adorable, driven dance student. So much chemistry, the pages almost ignite.
‘Tropical Storm‘ by Melissa Good
My first lesfic that I loved. I originally read this as a Xena uber fic and was captivated. The business high-flyer aspects are brilliant and I’ve always loved a great office romance. Corporate raider and IT legend Dar is to die for.
‘Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of A Curious Character‘ by Richard P. Feynman et al
There’s something special about this crazy, amusing series of anecdotes about US Nobel prize-winning physicist, Richard P. Feynman. It made me think and laugh and I learned so much. Wait, a book about a physicist? It’s not what you think: The guy does everything from teaching himself to play bongos to crack safes. It’s a long-time best-seller, so I’m far from alone in enjoying this fascinating book.
‘Code of Conduct‘ by Cheyenne Blue
Cheyenne Blue’s tennis romance caught me by surprise because sports books aren’t usually my thing. I fell for Cheyenne’s uptight beautiful Spanish umpire and have read this book multiple times now. I also love it’s set in Australia and I can picture the places and venues. That’s so rare for me.
My song choice
Mad World by Gary Jules
It’s so gentle. It makes the soul sigh.
My inanimate object choice
An iPad (with a solar-powered charger). My eyesight sucks and I need to be able to see the print on books bigger than billboards. That, along with some music on the iPad, will keep me happy for months. Although by the sounds of things, I only get one song, so I’d better get used to it!