In every interview I give – and there’s a lot of it about at the moment – I am asked to list recent favourite books and albums. ‘Recent favourites’ is a hard category, because we all have to read and listen to a lot before we find the things we love; I find myself giving the same answers over and over again, simply because I don’t have so much to choose from. And in these days of Google alerts, I worry that the people who produced these recent favourites might think I’m some kind of stalker. “He’s just recommended my book/album for the fifteenth time in the last ten days! Let it go already!” So apologies in advance to: Elvis Perkins (‘Elvis Perkins In Dearland’), Speech Debelle (‘Speech Therapy’) Jess Walter (‘The Financial Lives Of The Poets’) Curtis Sittenfeld (‘American Wife’) and Laura Cumming (‘A Face To The World’). You are all recent favourites, and I will therefore be yoking your work to mine, over and over again, in an attempt to make me seem more interesting than I really am.