Good Reading : February 2004
5 (memyshelfI) ● What are you reading now? Inga Clendinnen’s Boyer Lectures:True Stories , Moira Rayner’s Rooting Democracy, Bob Evans’ Health Inequalities, Diaries of Beatrice Webb, Michael Pusey’s The Experience of Middle Australia: The Dark Side of Economic Reform, Margaret Drabble’s The Seven Sisters, David Marr and Marian Wilkinson’s Dark Victory, and Jon Willms’ Vulnerable Children. ● Favourite authors? Simone de Beauvoir, Jane Austen,Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood,Tim Winton, Randolph Stow,Vikram Seth, Arundhati Roy, Blanche W Cook, Susan Quinn and Judith Wright. ● Favourite kinds of reading? Biographies, novels, social/political/justice overviews/ commentaries, the New Yorker articles (and cartoons). ● Author you would most like to meet? Why? Simone de Beauvoir (we share the same ideas and thoughts!), Blanche W Cook (Historian, University of NY) to talk about her biography of Eleanor Roosevelt (one of my heroines). ● Book you loved best as a child and why? (1) The Peanut Man Life of George Washington Carver. The story of a poor American black who became a biochemist and saved the South’s agriculture by researching peanuts. (2) Marie Curie by Eve Curie.The inspirational woman scientist and lovely story of a devoted couple. (3) And I secretly read all of Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ and ‘Secret Seven’ books! ● Favourite book title? Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. ● Book you never finished or book you have not enjoyed? Disgrace by JM Coetzee. ● Book you have been meaning to read, but have never got round to? Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. ● Favourite film of a book and why? One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – it changed opinions regarding the stigma of the mentally ill. ● Favourite fictional hero or heroine and why? Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice . A great role model for modern women: honest, fearless, intelligent. ● Favourite place to read? In bed, on planes, in front of a fire at Denmark in the forest. I’m incapable of getting on to a plane without a good book! ● Book you remember reading aloud to your children? So many… Snugglepot & Cuddlepie,The Magic Pudding, The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren. ● Have you read Harry Potter? I read the first book to my nephew. ● Do you use bookmarks or do you fold back page corners? Bookmarks. ● Do you lend books? Yes, but I don’t tell my husband! ● Favourite bookshops? (In Australia and overseas) Labyrinth in New York City, Blackwells in Oxford, Readings in Melbourne,The Lane Bookshop in Perth,The Well Bookshop in Perth, Dillons in London, and Heffers in Cambridge. ● Are you in a reading group? No. ● Where are most of the books in your home? In the library, the studies, the sitting room and on bedside tables! (GoodReading) fionastanley Professor FIONA STANLEY, 2003 Australian of the Year and CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, takes time out of her busy schedule to discuss the books she loves.