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Helene Ward

Dublin born and bred

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

What are you reading right now?

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher.

Tell us a bit about it:

Set in a dystopian future that has seen no girls born for 50 years.

What is your favourite book of all time?

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier.

Tell us a bit about it:

It's a story of hope, during the World War II, where three children have to find the parents they have been separated from.

What book do you remember most from your childhood?

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Tell us a bit about it:

This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband Almanzo grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.

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

Complete Illustrated Cookery Course by Delia Smith.

Tell us a bit about it:

Plenty of delicious recipes.

What is your favourite book by an International writer?

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flag.

Tell us a bit about it:

Sweeping from the gentler confines of late 1940s small town America to the tough side of the New York media circus in the 70s, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! mines golden seams of goodness and gritty determination, prejudice and despair, love and survival, in the story of a young TV interviewer, Dena Nordstrom, whose future looks full of promise, whose present is an emotional mess, and whose past is marked by mystery. DO NOT PUBLISH

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

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.

Tell us a bit about it:

A profoundly contemporary story about civil wars, unstable countries and refugees pouring to the cities of the West... beautifully written, with the ghost of Camus hovering at the edge of the frame. DO NOT PUBLISH

Was there a book that really changed your mind about something?

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

Tell us a bit about it:

It's about a relationship between a mother and her son, the story is told through letters written to her husband.


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