What Are You Reading?

January 19, 2018


“Good writing and good reading will break down barriers.”

—Kazuo Ishiguro


What book are you currently reading?  


Eclectic, peripatetic, call it what you will, I have a bunch of books on the boil at the same time, very few of which are new. Right now I am enthralled by two – David McCullough’s John Adams, which brings to life the trials and tribulations of the birth of this country, and City on Fire, by Garth Risk Hallberg, a sprawling story of New York City in the 1970s, which brings to mind much of the chaos when I first moved there from London.


What’s your favorite time to read?  

When the mood takes me.


What’s a favorite book or author you like to read – and reread?

For sheer literature and language, rather than unbiased history, Winston S. Churchill can’t be beat.


Do you have a favorite children’s book?

I must admit I haven’t read any recently, but I tend to dip into the Alice books by Lewis Carroll at odd moments, for fun with logic and mathematics.


Is there a classic you haven’t read yet that you’re saving for the right rainy day?

I first read War and Peace, when staying with my grandmother when in college. Over the years, I have owned several copies, having meant to reread it, and then space has dictated their removal. I know I will get back to it some time, but it will take a rainy week or month, rather than a day.


What book do you plan to read next?

I have various ones in the wings, but not yet on my nightstand. Two non-fiction – The Great Terror, by Robert Conquest, about Stalin’s purges in the 1930s, and The Bishop’s Daughter, by Honor Moore, a memoir of her father, Bishop Paul Moore. One fiction: The Sellout by Paul Beatty


Nick Robertshaw and his wife, Nanette Rousseau, moved to Pawling four years ago from Manhattan, upon retirement. Nick worked in the non-profit world, in social work and education.

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