Emily Mayhew, author of The Four Horsemen: And The Hope Of A New Age recommends a great group of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Emily's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
The Mould in Dr Florey's Coat by Eric Lax. The true story of the discovery of penicillin and the development of its functionality as a therapy, including the role of war, industry and nationality in securing world-changing sucess. As the age of antibiotics comes to a close, it's good to know how it started.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
The Future of Dinosaurs by David Hone. I rate it very highly. It clearly explains the ambition and limitations that we always will have as researchers (such as politics will affect where we can go and dig for decades). And it is fully of really fascinating facts about dinosaurs, especially the new understanding of their colours and feathers.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The lead character is an intrepid girl who learns to get her hands dirty to discover what's been hidden and bring it into the light. I related very strongly to that growing up. I aspired to her friendships and I'm always supportive of robins in my garden in case it's a descendent of the robin from Misselthwaite Manor.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Book, always. I read in the bath mostly so nothing with electrics would be safe.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
John Sandoe, Blacklands Terrace, London. A fantastic selection, with fiction and non-fiction equally balanced in a beautiful shop packed to the gills with books and knowledge of books. And their podcast is also excellent (disclosure: I've done one)
Image Copyrights: Quercus Publishing (The Four Horsemen), Little, Brown Book Group (The Mould In Dr Florey's Coat), Hodder & Stoughton (The Future of Dinosaurs), Vintage Publishing (The Secret Garden).