Lucy Jane Santos, author of Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium recommends a wonderful bunch of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Lucy's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Trans Like Me by C N Lester is something I keep coming back to again and again. Lester is a greater writer and this collection of essays is really special.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
I recently read Our Biggest Experiment: An Epic History of The Climate Crisis by Alice Bell which is such a fascinating and timely read.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Really handily for a historian, I have a terrible memory and often cannot remember the exact plots (or authors even) so I can’t say I have a favourite book as such. But I do have vivid memories of reading as a child and seeing the cover of something familiar can transport me right back to my childhood.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Paper is my preference for research but I think that is probably something to do with not having a suitable device for Kindle reading. I cannot really get on with audio as I need to physically see the words to be able to take in information. Am working on that though!
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
It has to be the Waterstones on Gower Street. This is where I spent hours as an undergraduate at UCL (in its previous incarnation as Dillons that is) and is a place which I have a lot of affection for.
Image Copyrights: Saraband (Extraction To Extinction), HarperCollins Publishers (The Age of Wonder), Canongate Books Ltd (Waiting For The Last Bus), Hodder Children's Books (The Famous Five Collection).