Good Reading : May 2007
8 goodreading ı MAY 2007 me my shelf i sophie lee Actor SOPHIE LEE was born and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. Her childhood home didn’t have a television set, so she turned to reading and writing short stories to entertain herself. Books have always been her most treasured possessions. Sophie’s career in film, television and theatre has spanned twenty years. She has evolved from a family favourite, hosting the popular Bugs Bunny Show for the Nine Network at the age of twenty, to becoming an accomplished actor in iconic Australian films such as Muriel’s Wedding and The Castle and in stage productions such as the 40th anniversary production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for the Melbourne Theatre Company. As if that weren’t enough, Sophie’s first novel, Alice in La La Land, was published last month. She is currently completing her Master’s in Creative Writing at UTS, Sydney, and lives in a beachside suburb with her husband, three children (all under five!) and two French bulldogs. ● What are you reading now, and why? The inside of my eyelids! I have a newborn baby and two older children … ● Who are your favourite authors? Kate Atkinson (literary crime), Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Antonia White. ● Which book has had the most influence on your lifestyle or philosophy? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Car roll. ● Which author would you most like to meet, and why? Kate Atkinson, so I could tell her how wonderful she is! ● Is there a well-known book you never finished or did not enjoy? Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. ● Which book/s did you love best as a child? Anything by Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, E Nesbitt. ●What is your all-time favourite book? Higgelty Piggelty Pop by Maurice Sendak (children’s) and Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (adult). ● Do you have a favourite fictional hero or heroine, and if so why? Kinsey Millhone from Sue Grafton’s alphabet murder series. She’s a great female role model. ● Do you have a favourite film of a book, and if so why? Children of Men by PD James, star ring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. It’s an awesome cinematic experience. ● Where are most of the books in your home? In my office. ● Looking at the books on your shelves, is there any one category that dominates? Crime. ● How are the books on your shelves organised – or aren’t they? They’re organised by genre: children’s, crime, classics etc. ● Where is your favourite place to read? Bed. ● Do you have a favourite bookshop? Yes, Ariel’s in Darlinghurst/Paddington, Sydney.