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Joey Kavanagh

Joey Kavanagh

Dublin via Meath

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

What are you reading right now?

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

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The book is an account of Didion coming to terms with the death of her husband, as her daughter faces a life-threatening illness. It's a powerful meditation on grief and loss, imbued with Didion's trademark wit and wry humour.

What is your favourite book of all time?

Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood

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Although perhaps not one of Atwood's better known novels, this book has really stayed with me. It's about an artist working through childhood trauma and coming to understand how interactions with vindictive schoolgirls have shaped her experiences. I read it first as a teenager and then again more recently, absorbing different things from each reading.

What book do you remember most from childhood?

Mog The Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr.

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I really identify with the protagonist of this series of books: a well-intentioned but somewhat hapless cat, who frequently gets herself into scrapes. I even named my cat Mog after the character.

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

The Driver Theory Test Book by the Road Safety Authority

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After years of putting it on the long finger, I'm finally learning to drive, but it's slow progress. Hopefully I'll be a fully-fledged motorist soon.

What is your favourite book by an international author?

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk.

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I came across this book, translated into English from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, when it was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award. It's dark and funny and unlike anything else I've read.

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

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.

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I felt this book captured post-recession Ireland better than any book I'd read previously. Even though I found some of the characters unlikeable, I feel like I have encountered versions of them in real life!

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

Wintering by Katherine May.

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This book really made me consider the value of slowing down and pressing pause when life gets too much. It's an account of the author's own 'winter', but lots of the ideas are very relatable.


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