Anne Karpf, author of How Women Can Save The Planet recommends some fantastic books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Anne's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Warning: I'm going to cheat madly throughout. Here by picking two titles, both of which I found inspiring when I wrote my last book, How to Age. The first is a slim book by Henri Nouwen, a Dutch priest, called Aging: The Fulfilment of Life. It isn't at all preachy or mushy (Nouwen was spiritual: he coined the phrase 'the wounded healer'). He links the dreadful way that we treat old people with our fear of ageing: "How can we be fully present to the elderly," he asks, " when we are hiding from our own aging?"
A perfect companion volume is the American poet May Sarton's delicious journal At Seventy, where she celebrates this stage in her life, because "I am more myself than I have ever been." Almost every old person I know would raise a glass in agreement.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Sally Weintrobe is a psychoanalyst who has been thinking deeply - and freshly - about the climate crisis for a long time now. Her new book, Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis: Neoliberal Exceptionalism and the Culture of Uncare, just published, is highly readable (lots of short, snappy sections) but is buzzing with insight, revelation and perception on every page. It gives you a new handle on how we got into this mess and how we get out of it.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I'm going to cheat here again - I can't confine myself to just one. As a child, I enjoyed reading about girls who were feistier than me, like What Katy Did and Anne of Green Gables. When my children were small, I loved Burglar Bill (all the thrill of getting something for nothing - but then he gets remorseful so gives it all back) and Jill Murphy's glorious Five Minutes Peace: a book that sums up the feelings of exhausted mothers - everywhere but they're elephants so you don't need to feel too guilty...
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Paper always (and my millennial daughters feel the same way). I like to know how far in I am.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Image Copyrights: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (How Women Can Save The Planet), Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc (Aging), WW Norton & Co (At Seventy), Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis), Walker Books Ltd (Five Mintes' Peace).