Eleanor Tucker, author of Thanks for Sharing: How I Gave Up Buying and Embraced Borrowing, Swapping and Renting recommends a beautiful bounty of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Eleanor's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Incognito: The Secret Lives of The Brain by David Eagleman is so fascinating. It really changed the way I think about human nature and why we make the decisions we do. He describes the human brain as a ‘wet computer’, so sophisticated humans couldn’t get even close to creating anything like it. That, ironically, blew my mind.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli. It admittedly sounds quite ‘weighty’ but the way that it’s written makes it accessible to even the least ‘sciencey’ of us. It’s so full of wonder and awe about what scientists have discovered – and indeed all the things they haven’t discovered… yet.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
The Wind on The Moon by Eric Linklater. It features two sisters, Dinah and Dorinda, who go off on an adventure to rescue their father from prison. I remember it being quite odd, but hugely entertaining, and anything featuring two sisters went down well with me as I was one of two girls too. I was also captivated by the cover which showed Dinah and Dorinda in their pyjamas with the puma that I think they helped escape from a zoo. It all seemed very daring.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I’ve never read a Kindle book, I’m very much in favour of a nice papery page. In fact I like to give a book a good sniff before I start it. I don’t think you can do that with an ebook.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Blackwell’s in Oxford, without hesitation. It’s been a huge part of my life: my father worked for the company a long time ago; I met my best friend Fiona while we were both working in the Children’s Bookshop (now a department of the main store); and now as an adult I take my children there and they love it too. It feels like home – I know that sounds strange, but it really does.
Many thanks to Eleanor for recommending a beautiful bounty of books! Please don't forget to check out Thanks for Sharing: How I Gave Up Buying and Embraced Borrowing, Swapping and Renting.
Image Copyrights: Aurum Press (Thanks For Sharing), Canongate Books (Incognito), Penguin Books Ltd (Seven Brief Lessons On Physics), Vintage Publishing (The Wind On The Moon)