Emilia Clarke has opened up about the book she read through lockdown to help her cope with grief and see death from a new perspective.
Clarke appears on Emilia Clarke: The Book That Changed Me for BBC Sounds.
The book she focuses on is Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told? by the late essayist and novelist Jenny Diski (who was also a Game Of Thrones fan).
Explaining how it helped her in lockdown, she says: “I normally live in bookshops and I read all the time. I am unhappy if I’m not in the middle of a book.”
She adds: “Without being able to walk into a bookshop I signed up to a book subscription service, so every month I get delivered a book and I get very excited that I don’t know what it is. And this was one of them…
“I was so absorbed by her writing it was unreal.”
Published posthumously last year, the collection comprises 33 of Diski’s best essays – selected by Mary-Kay Wilmers, former editor of The London Review of Books.
Explaining how Diski’s essays helped her cope with the death of her father, Clarke says: “Subjects like death, she treats with such tenderness but also such comedy. The way that she writes about it, it makes you feel OK.
“I know it sounds silly but I lost my dad four years ago and it still feels like it was yesterday. And since his death I think about death a lot and I consider his a lot.
“And so to read her take on it was just really tonic for the soul.”
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