Elaine Farrell & Leanne McCormick, author of Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant Women recommends a fascinating flurry of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Elaine & Leanne's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should all be Feminists. It’s the perfect pocket-sized rallying cry, that’s both personal and powerful.
I found Caroline Criado Perez’s Invisible Women fascinating, although it did make me a bit cross too! I also loved Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self. It is so engagingly written and one of those books that is really hard to put down.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Hallie Rubenhold, The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper was accessible but clearly so well researched and gave back the voices to the women involved.
I’ve just finished reading Elizabeth Boyle’s Fierce Appetites, and found it really interesting. She weaves together historical research and autobiography, and it works! Next I’m reading Pragya Agarwal’s Hysterical.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Laura Inglis Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods. I can still remember the descriptions of the snow and the snug cabin in the woods. I loved reading it to my own children as well.
I loved Marita Conlon McKenna’s Wildflower Girl, and Under the Hawthorn Tree. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence that I then went on to research nineteenth-century Irish history!
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I use all three. I read a lot, so a Kindle saves my bookshelves from collapsing. I love an audiobook on a walk or in a car. But sometimes paper is just the best.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I’m also a No Alibis fan and Waterstones in Coleraine is always a very welcoming retreat.
I spend a lot of time in the children’s section of Books Paper Scissors with my six-year-old. It’s gorgeous! I love No Alibis for a lunchtime browse on a work day. We got to visit a few Dublin bookshops to sign our Bad Bridget book, so I added a few more favourites to my list, like Chapters, Dubray, Gutter Bookshop, and Hodges Figgis. And when I’m at home in Sligo, I can’t pass by Liber without popping in.
Many thanks to Elaine & Leanne for recommending a fascinating flurry of books! Please don't forget to check out Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant Women by Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick, published by Penguin Sandycove and is out now.
Image Copyrights: Penguin Books Ltd (Bad Bridget, Notes to Self, Fierce Appetites), Transworld Publishers Ltd (The Five), HarperCollins Publishers (We Should All Be Feminists, Little House In The Big Woods), O'Brien Press Ltd (Wildflower Girl).