Jackie Uí Chionna, author of Queen of Codes: The Secret Life of Emily Anderson, Britain's Greatest Female Code Breaker recommends a fantastic flock of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Jackie's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein is a book I must have read at least twice before the full impact of what I was reading hit home. Then I read it a third time. A terrifying yet inspirational book, which I still dip into from time to time. Essential reading for anyone who lives on our precious planet Earth.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
The book I enjoyed enormously was Why does Daddy always look so sad? by Jude Morrow. Teaching History at university level I regularly come across students with ASD, and I always try to understand where they are coming from. I have read quite a few books on the subject at this stage, but I have to say that as a mother myself, this was the one which really provided the clearest and most inspiring insight. I loved it, on so many levels, and it will definitely impact on my teaching going forward.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I wasn't a great reader as a young child, but I do recall reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte as a twelve year old, and being completely blown away by it. I then read all the Bronte sisters' books in the course of one summer. That was pretty much it - thereafter I became, and have remained, a committed reader.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Paper all the way! I am never without a book in my bag. I did try kindle, but it never felt like the same immediate experience to me.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in my home city of Galway in the west of Ireland. It is one of those old-style bookshops where the staff allow you to browse and are all so incredibly informed on the books on the shelves, and can make recommendations for any literary genre. They know me well at this stage, and know my reading preferences, so I always feel at home there.
Many thanks & míle buíochas to Jackie for recommending a fantastic flock of books! Please don't forget to check out Queen of Codes: The Secret Life of Emily Anderson, Britain's Greatest Female Code Breaker.
Image Copyrights: Headline Publishing Group (Queen of Codes), Penguin Books Ltd (This Changes Everything, Wuthering Heights), Beyond Words Publishing (Why does Daddy Always Look So Sad?).