South African writer Nicky Schmidt blogs at Absolute Vanilla a great place to read YA interviews, reviews and Nicky’s thoughts. She’s picked her Best of British for UKYA.
Lucas by Kevin Brooks; Also Wasted by Nicola Morgan; Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip; How I live Now and There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
The Crestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones, The Narnia Stories, The Secret Garden, The Little White Horse – and too many more to mention.
Hamleys (HUGE London toy shop)
At the moment, Downton Abbey
Too many to list!
Vivienne Westwood, simply because she is so iconic!