Suzanne O'Sullivan, author of The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness recommends some lovely books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Suzanne's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
My favourite smart thinking book is Into the Silent Land - travels in neuropsychology by Paul Broks. For me books shouldn't just impart knowledge, they should also be beautifully written. This book is science, philosophy, humanity and poetry.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
My most recent smart thinking book was the wonderfully named, The Book of Difficult Fruit, arguments for the tart, tender and unruly. On the surface it is an A-Z of wonderful, weird fruit facts, but underneath it is a story of a life, filled with wise observations.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I was a voracious reader from a young age, but the book that sticks in my mind most from that time is The Flight of the Doves by Walter Mackey. I read it in a single day because it was such a page turner. In my memory it is closely linked to the moment I realised how much joy there was to be had in books.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I very much prefer paper books - especially hardbacks. However, I will not hear a word against the kindle which I also love. My kindle allows me travel with a whole library in a very small handbag.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I spent so much time during my teen years in the bookshops of Dublin that they will ever be central in my heart. Hodges Figgis on Dawson street is a behemoth that has any book one could desire. I also love that it has such a wonderful selection of Irish authors. But, for a romantic-feeling bookshop, The Winding Stair stands out. It is as tall and narrow as the name suggests and also serves amazing food!
Many thanks to Suzanne for recommending some lovely books! Please don't forget to check out Suzanne's book The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness.
Image Copyrights: Pan Macmillan (The Sleeping Beauties, The Book of Difficult Fruit, Flight of the Doves), Atlantic Books (Into The Silent Land)