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Evelyn Conway

Evelyn Conway

Dublin born and bred

Where in Dublin do you live?
Where are you from?

What are you reading right now?

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner.

Tell us a bit about it ...

It's a Holocaust survival story of a Jewish mother and her five-year-old daughter - how they went into hiding and ultimately were separated. What stood out about this story is that the child (who turns out to be a musical prodigy) learns to cope through her imaginary yellow bird. It's beautifully written for a début novel.

What is your favourite book of all time?

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

Tell us a bit about it ...

This story is of course hugely well-known and loved. It is just so atmospheric and haunting, completely compelling. Reading it as a teenager I was completely captivated. Every time I reread it, it's like reading it for the first time.

What book do you remember most from childhood?

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges.

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Again, this book was really atmospheric and I was completely captivated by the garden and the storyline.

Which of your books is battered from using over and over again?

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

Tell us a bit about it ...

This is a short, deceptively simple book but is full of wisdom and insight into man's inhumanity to man and how humans can survive anything.

What is your favourite book by an international author?

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Again a Holocaust related story - this time based in Paris - de Rosnay is a fabulous writer and this is another harrowing story with an incredible storyline,

What book do you feel depicts your own or another culture most vividly?

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore.

Tell us a bit about it ...

It speaks volumes to me about women's limited life options in Ireland in the timescale it was written and was a brilliant depiction of a woman's character by a man.

Is there a book that changed your mind/perspective about something?

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

Tell us a bit about it ...

This book taught me a lot about emotional intelligence and how you can learn it to improve your interpersonal relations.


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