Angela Saini, author of Superior: The Return of Race Science recommends some intriguing books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Angela's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Without a doubt it would be The Woman That Never Evolved by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. It’s perhaps the most perfect example of how solid, rigorous research can combat sexist myths. I had the pleasure of staying with her when I interviewed her for Inferior.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
I’ve been reading Slavery and Social Death by Orlando Patterson. A classic for good reason. I would rate it ten out of ten.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I was deeply affected by I’m The King of the Castle by Susan Hill. The memory of it is what I always revisit when I think of the suffocating nature of being trapped by abuse.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Always paper for me. I’ve recorded an audiobook but never listened to one.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Waterstones in Crouch End, my local chain bookstore, kept my last book, Superior, in their window for a whole year. I’ll always be grateful to them for that. But my favourite independents are Newham Bookshop in east London and Lighthouse Books in Edinburgh.
Image Copyrights: HarperCollins Publishers (Superior), Harvard University Press (The Woman That Never Evolved), Harvard University Press (Slavery and Social Death), Penguin Books Ltd (I'm The King of the Castle).