What’s the first book you remember reading?
The first full-length book I remember reading was The Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton. I couldn’t put it down and read it under the sheets with a torch. I must have been about seven years old. I still have it and look forward to reading it to my grandaughters when they are a little older.
What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I’ve got three on the go. Where My Heart Used To Beat, by Sebastian Faulks which was a book club choice. I’ve loved his other books but have to confess I am struggling with this one. The Secret Life of Bletchley Park about code breakers in WW2 and a metaphysical book, A New Light On Angels, by Diana Cooper.
Why did you choose that book? I loved Sebastian Faulks’ other books, but I am struggling with this one.
If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why? I have chosen Rebecca West, an extraordinary woman born in 1892. Her first book, Henry James, was published in 1916, exactly one hundred years before mine. But she first appeared in print at the age of nineteen as a political writer and journalist.
You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West; the story of three sisters growing up in Edwardian London and said to be based on West’s own childhood. It’s a masterpiece.
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor. I first read this when I was fifteen. Set in restoration England, her historical detail transports you back in time.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. A vast, fascinating novel about newly independent India in the fifties.
Katherine by Anya Seton. The powerful love story of Edward 111 and his mistress, Katherine Swynford, whom he eventually marries; a story based on fact.
Pride and Prejudice. I just love this book. It never fails to entertain me.
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I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview. I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.