Ballerina Francesca Hayward: I listen to indie rock before a show

The Times

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Narrated by Blanca Schofield

The Royal Ballet principal dancer lets us into her cultural life, from her love of Sex and the City and Romeo and Juliet to her dislike of baroque music.

My favourite author
It’s between Hanya Yanagihara and James Baldwin.

The book I’m reading
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.

Zadie Smith is “a goddess”
Zadie Smith is “a goddess”

The book I wish I had written
Anything by Zadie Smith. I think she’s a goddess. I don’t want to meet her in real life because I’d be so awestruck by her. Her book that stayed with me the most was NW.

The book I couldn’t finish
The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald. That was grim, I just couldn’t make myself do it. The language didn’t make sense and I couldn’t