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Shane Mc Guinness

Shane Mc Guinness

Dublin born and bred

Where in Dublin do you live?
Dublin 8
Where are you from?
Dublin

What are you reading right now?

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens.

Tell us a bit about it ...

As with all Dickens it challenging, but satisfying. The quality of the prose adds a lot to the experience. And although I usually read purely non-fiction I do occasionally like the challenge!


What is your favourite book of all time?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yval Noah Harari.

Tell us a bit about it ...

So thought provoking and important. I felt like I understand more about what it is to be human.


What book do you remember most from your childhood?

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Need I say more!? Any book that Wes Anderson wants to make a film about is well worth reading. We also lived in the countryside so hearing about sly foxes, intelligent badgers and dopey otters is very visual. It's a nice way to connect with the value of nature, seeing humans as the antagonists, but in a fun way.


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

Collins Bird Guide by Killian Mullarney et al.

Tell us a bit about it ...

There are too many birds I don't know, but would love to. The thrill of turning pages and discovering weird and wonderful colours and shapes is something I return to all the time.


What is your favourite book by an international writer?

Cold Mountain by Charles Fraser.

Tell us a bit about it ...

The quality of the language is some of the best I've ever experienced, outside of Dickens.


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

King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild.

Tell us a bit about it ...

About the Belgian colonisation of the centre of Africa. Very visual, you could hear the mosquitoes buzzing around your head and the sweat dripping down the back of your neck. Incredibly gruesome at times, but important historically to acknowledge the evil. Read while I was living in Rwanda, which gave it more prescience!


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

Life on the Edge by Jim Al-Khalili.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Quantum biology, and its potential importance in explaining what life is.


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