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Ronan Brady

Dublin via Athlone

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

What are you reading right now?

Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

Tell us a bit about it:

I fell in love with these books. The humour and how they have captured the oddities and politics that make a rural town. They are an absolute joy to read.

What is your favourite book of all time?

Notes To Self by Emily Pine.

Tell us a bit about it:

Notes to Self was recommend to me by a good friend and I'm sad to say it took me far too long to get to it. This book was beautiful. Simply stunning. It was open, vulnerable and human. I absolutely love that. It's so refreshing to hear honesty, brutal raw honesty. For someone to open up and present themselves in such a way is so rare. "Here I am, flaws and all”.

I feel as a society we can be very protected and secretive. Not our real or true selves. Afraid to be seen to have 'flaws' for want of a better term. It's only when we actually reveal ourselves to other people truthfully, that we can have meaningful connections. This book has something we can all learn from and is a MUST READ. I only read it recently but it's definitely now my favourite right now.

What book do you remember most from your childhood?

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Tell us a bit about it:

Harry Potter just simply took me to another world. It was incredible. It was the first time for me that reading became a thing. Like not TV or sport. It showed me the power of our imagination. It was only later, when the movies came out, and characters were given concrete looks, I realised how much individuals interpret the same information differently. I was like, "That is not what my Harry Potter looks like.." But others said that they nailed it.

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

A diary/notebook/planner.

Tell us a bit about it:

Not a reading book, but it's the only one I return to. This is a book that if I stop using, everything falls to sh*t. Organising, to do lists, when things are due and with check boxes. If it's not in the notebook it doesn't happen. I mention it, as with all the productivity apps we have, having notes written and a one stop shop for all has been transformative for me. I resisted it for long enough, it seemed too simple almost. But it was definitely worth it.

What is your favourite book by an International writer?

Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris.

Tell us a bit about it:

It's a collaboration of advice and anecdotes from industry leaders over the years of his podcast. I like it because it's not advice per se, but descriptions of scenarios and how the individual reacted to them. Often times these instances have been failures, but the learning from those failures served them in the long run. I love those stories.

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

Talking to Strangers by Michael Harding.

Tell us a bit about it:

I feel this depicts an aspect of Irish culture brilliantly. Simple and relatively mundane conversations made to be fascinating and interesting. I feel we are all story tellers in this beautiful little country. I feel there is beauty in the simple things if we care to look. Talking to Strangers represents that for me.

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

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

Tell us a bit about it:

I read this book at a period in my life where I wanted change, but kept building my own mental barriers to actually making it happen. It was a catalyst, or at least one of them for me pursuing an arts career. It's so long ago now, I can barely remember the content, but it's one that everyone must absolutely read. It's empowering and gives you permission.


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