Marieke Bigg, author of This Won't Hurt: How Medicine Fails Women recommends a wealth of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Marieke's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
I’m always struck by how the smart thinking section of any bookshop is dominated by titles written by men. That obviously needs to change. I think a lot of the writing by women that I love wouldn’t fall strictly in this category, because it is more narrative and overtly subjective, but I think that makes the wisdom contained in them all the more meaningful. Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo; Deborah Levy’s memoirs are guides to life, most recently Real Estate has helped me a lot when thinking about my own; Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. And for a few token male titles (just to flip the script) that have resonated: In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, and Gabor Maté’s The Myth of Normal.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Pragya Agarwal’s Hysterical.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Matilda, Roald Dahl. That little girl has been a kindred spirit throughout my life!
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Foyles, Charing Cross. It’s this magical labyrinth of books with coffee at the end. Can’t imagine anything better!
Image Copyrights: Hodder & Stoughton (This Won't Hurt), Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Three Women), Penguin Books Ltd (Real Estate), Canongate Books (A Field Guide To Getting Lost), HarperCollins Publishers (The Year Of Magical Thinking), Vintage Publishing (In Praise Of Shadows), Ebury Publishing (The Myth Of The Normal), Canongate Books (Hysterical), Penguin Random House Children's UK (Matilda).