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Imelda Dyas

Dublin born and bred

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

Tell us a little bit about your bookclub and what connects the group:

I find it a good thing to read a book and discuss it with other people who have read it - the book club is the easiest way to do this.

What are you reading right now?

Milkman by Anna Burns.

Tell us a bit about it:

It is slow and needs to be digested but it is worthwhile.

What is your favourite book of all time?

Murphy by Samuel Beckett.

Tell us a bit about it:

It's good fun and takes in Dublin and London - great language and reminds me of the unmanageability of life and the fun of trying to manage it - in Dublin and London for leisure and for work.

What book do you remember most from your childhood?

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham.

Tell us a bit about it:

Lovely, [it's] about the animals but also about the personalities.

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

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

Tell us a bit about it:

Love the fun of it - I think Lilliput is Ireland having travelled abroad where everything is so much bigger.

What is your favourite book by an international writer?

Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Tell us a bit about it:

Has to be read- everyone will get their own take from it.

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

Anam Cara by John O'Donohue.

Tell us a bit about it:

A lovely lovely book.

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

Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne.

Tell us a bit about it:

So much fun.


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