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Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Dublin born and bred

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

What are you reading right now?

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.

Tell us a bit about it:

I'm at the very beginning, but Sally's books are very honest, genuine depictions of human relationships and everyday situations. This one is about a particular time in the life of a young writer. Her work is often very easy for Irish people to relate to as they are set here. Normal People is one of her books I have read recently and I couldn't put it down.

What is your favourite book of all time?

The Human Universe by Brian Cox.

Tell us a bit about it:

He describes it himself as "A Love Letter to Humanity" - this book helped me to understand a little bit more about how or why we are all here on the planet! In a scientific sense...

What book do you remember most from your childhood?

The Ghost of Susannah Parry by Yvonne MacGrory.

Tell us a bit about it:

It was a teenager's book, a ghost story, gripping at that age.

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

What to Cook and How to Cook It by Jane Hornby.

Tell us a bit about it:

A cookbook including great visuals as your cooking guide... Lovely layout. I have been using this book for 10 years to make delicious things!

What is your favourite book by an international writer?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Tell us a bit about it:

This book is about a shepherd who realises the importance of listening to his heart and following his dreams.

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

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton.

Tell us a bit about it:

This book includes photos and very honest, natural quotes from the people of New York City.

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

Quiet by Susan Cain.

Tell us a bit about it:

The tag line is 'The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking...' It explains where different personality types derive their energy from and provides tips on functioning well within an excessively busy world.


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