Whitefriars National Year of Reading
Mrs. Rachel Valentine
What are you reading at the moment?
A Pure Clear Light by Australian novelist, Madeline St John.
What’s it about?
It is not my usual style but its descriptive passages are relatable, economic and really quite funny. You expect it to become a movie, possibly.
Where is your favourite place to read?
In the middle of renovating, my lounge room is not the most comfortable, so, I like to read in the bedroom or outside in the shade.
Where is the strangest or most memorable place where you read a book?
Not strange but really relaxing. On a small porch, at the pub in Apollo Bay. It wasn’t too busy and the dull background noise of people passing by and seagulls was lovely.
Can you remember your favourite book as a youngster?
As a real youngster I used to love everything Enid Blyton – Famous Five etc. Then I loved CS Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe series. In my teens I preferred true life adventures or historical settings like ‘Little Women’ and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’.
What is your favourite musical or music piece and why?
Favourite musicals are Fiddler on the Roof and Billy Elliot. Both musicals weren’t ‘light’, the scores were interesting musically but were respectful of the political and social influences of the eras in which they were set. I have too many favourite music pieces from Beatles to Brahms all my favourites are fabulous for different reasons and purposes but after seeing Roger Water’s The Wall last month can now die happy – it was absolutely the best show, awesome! Still singing the songs!