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Vivienne Trulock-Hardy

Dublin born and bred

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

What are you reading right now?

A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan.

Tell us a bit about it ...

It's book seven of many books in a very long series involving people who must use a form of magic to save the world.

What is your favourite book of all time?

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

Tell us a bit about it ...

It explores evil, and society's response to it, and whether all responses to curtail evil and violence are justified.

It is written in an Anglo-Russian slang language, many of the words I had never encountered, but by chapter four my brain had somehow managed to make sense of it. It took me three tries to get as far as chapter four, and when I finished it I immediately read it again, to confirm for myself what had happened in chapters one to three, before my brain had kicked in. I only managed to get that far due to the advice from my friend who said "You just have to keep reading it even though it doesn't make sense ... it will."

What book do you remember most from childhood?

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter.

Tell us a bit about it ...

My friend lent it to me when I was about 10 or so and it was just a wonderful story of how your thinking about the world, effects the world and your happiness in it. My mum also read it, and it is her favourite book ever.

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

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Recommended to me by a professor in Uni almost 30 years ago. It is an accessible and illuminating piece of writing detailing how evolution makes complete sense once you look at it from a genes point of view. I not only read it several times, I bought copies to give to friends.

What is your favourite book by an international author?

The Descent of Woman by Elaine Morgan.

Tell us a bit about it ...

A play on the title of Darwin's Descent of Man, this book looks at the female human body and speculates on how evolutionary models may or may not be true when viewed though the lens of the female form, as distinct from the traditional male form.

Why do women have pendulous breasts and hymens and humans have webbed fingers and a relatively hairless but fatty body, when out closest genetic relatives do not. Read the book to find out!

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

Wild Swans by Jung Chang.

Tell us a bit about it ...

I read this book in three days. I could not put it down. It was such as fascinating story of communist China over three generations. I remember thinking that I thought that Animal Farm was a far fetched story, but here was a real story with the same parallels.

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

The Prince by Machiavelli.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Amazing book about how to be a 'good' ruler, but it is shocking in its immorality / amorality. People are viewed as pawns on a chessboard, and can be eliminated with as little compassion if they do not align with the agenda of the ruler.


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