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Stephanie Molloy

Dublin born and bred

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

What are you reading right now?

The Shadow Falls by Georges Simenon.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Love, betrayal and intrigue within an old aristocratic family set against the backdrop of 1940s France.


What is your favourite book of all time?

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh.

Tell us a bit about it ...

A nostalgic thriller which follows the privilege of an old Catholic family ensconced in their English ancestral seat, from the outside perspective of Charles Ryder.


What book do you remember most from childhood?

Silk Wood by Jim Davies.

Tell us a bit about it ...

A very cute squirrel. Adventures. Jam and toast. What's not to love? And beautiful illustrations by the talented Eric Kincaid.


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

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste by Pierre Bourdieu.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Essentially deals with the concept of one person's taste being another person's distaste. It challenged how I thought about culture upon reading it first, and continues to do so.


What is your favourite book by an international author?

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo.

Tell us a bit about it ...

These are real coming of age tales, packed to the hilt with the socio economic issues we have all come to appraise and challenge.


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

Women who run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Spiritual prose from a practising cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition).


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

The Kindness of Strangers edited by Fearghal O'Nuallain.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Travel Stories from many different contributors who leave their Instagram and contact details so that you can continue to be inspired. Usually a stranger helps them out of a sticky spot. It opened my mind to the possibilities of travel abroad and the nature of travel in general.


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