Whitefriars National Year of Reading
Ms. Nathalie Fox
What are you reading and why?
I’m currently reading ‘South’ by Sir Ernest Shackleton, which is an account of the ill-fated Endurance expedition to the South Pole in 1914. It’s a really great true story about how 28 men and their sled dogs survived for two years on the ice floes floating in the Weddell Sea, after their ship was crushed by the ice. I picked it randomly in a bookshop and thought it looked interesting.
What are some of your favourite books and authors?
Some of my favourite books that I read over and over again are:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Passage by Justin Cronin, The Constant Gardner by John le Carre, Shantaram by Gregory Roberts, The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. I also love just about everything by Jasper Fforde, John Wyndham, Douglas Adams and Tim Winton.
Do you have a favourite film of a book?
I’m actually not a huge fan of films based on books, as they never get things exactly the way that I imagine, but I do love The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Do your ever cheat and read the end of the book first?
Do you skim the boring bits or read every word?
I skim, but also read books more than once, so I always manage to cover everything.
What was the last book you received as a gift?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Are you a constant reader or are there times when you don’t read at all?
I read constantly and often have a couple of books on the go at once.
Which book is by your bedside right now?
South by Sir Ernest Shackleton, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and World War Z by Max Brooks.
If you could spend one day with your favourite book character, who would you choose?
Arthur Dent. (Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy). Odd things are always happening to him, and he’s never very happy about it.