My Weekend: Natasha Jones

Natasha Jones
Natasha Jones
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University of Portsmouth student and author Natasha Jones is 21 and lives in Southsea. Her first novel,The Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile, was published on Monday.

When did you last go away and where did you go?
Salzburg, in Austria. The wholecity is surrounded by mountains and is divided by a river. All the food was exquisite. We even went into the salt mines. I’ve visited quite a few places across Europe, but Austria is definitely the most delightful place I have ever been.

What was the last gig/ concert/ comedy show you attended?
Maximo Park at the Pyramids Centre. They’re my favourite band, so I love that they play locally regularly.

What about the last theatre show you saw?
I took my mum to see The Bodyguard for Mother’s Day in the West End. It was probably the best thing I have ever seen on stage. I forgot I was watching a show. It somehow became very film-like, and was phenomenal to watch.

The last book you read?

After hearing Baz Luhrmann has re-made The Great Gatsby, I decided to give that a read. It has a terribly sad ending. The past few books I have read have been modern. It was nice to read something so elegantly written again.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?
Side Effects. It was strange. The first half hour was a little mundane and then bam, bam, bam -- unexpected things kept happening. There were a few gasps around the cinema.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Eating, with good company, in a restaurant.

What do you watch on TV?

I’m really into my American dramas at the moment: Dexter, The Killing, Homeland, The Walking Dead.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

I try not to watch soaps or reality shows, as I know it only takes an episode or two for your brain to start relating to the character and then you’re stuck in a vicious cycle of needing to watch every episode, including the extras.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Part of me would like to say someone ‘cool’ to get into all the sick parties, but I’d probably prefer to sit with someone like Stephen Fry or Brian Cox, with some Champagne and a weekend full of learning, I mean... sick parties.

Where do you shop?

For food I like a shop called Wholefoods, which I can only find in London. I use Amazon and often. I do like some high street shops but I don’t enjoy queuing.

Where do you eat out?

I like Jamie’s Italian, Shorties, Chiquitos and independent cafes. I find they are always lovely, and often have things on the menu I’ve never tried before.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

You’ll most likely find me in the Isambard Wetherspoon’s or The Honest Politician. I like The Registry and All Bar One a lot too.