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Suzanne Donnelly

Suzanne Donnelly

Dublin born and bred

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

What are you reading right now?

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesamyn Ward

Tell us a bit about it...

It’s about an 11 year old, living in middle America, whose mother is a drug addict. His mum is black and his dad is white

What is your favourite book of all time?

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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It’s a book about community, superstition and hysteria. Sierra Maria is the central character, who survived the bite of a rabid dog, and the story follows what happened in her community as a result. Reading it is like reading honey or gold, as it spills into your consciousness!!

What book do you remember most from childhood?

The Famous Five books by Enid Blyton

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Books about five children in England who, during their summer holidays, solve mysteries.

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

50 works of Irish Art You Need to Know by Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch

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A book based on a survey done among Irish people to find the 50 most popular pieces of Irish art. ‘The Meeting on the Turret Stairs’ by Frederick William Burton is the most popular. My favourite piece is ‘Decoration’ by Maine Jellett!

What is your favourite book by an international author?

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

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It’s about the Rwandan Genicide told through Clemantine, who as a child survived it.

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

Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan

Tell us a bit about it...

It is about the human condition with all of its differences in small town Ireland. It explores racism, lesbianism, Catholic religion in a very real way.

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

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

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It’s a book about life, death, living and everything in between. It is about a prophet explaining how to understand. It has given me huge tolerance of life, death and living with amazing perspective!


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