What book are you reading at the moment and what do you think of it?
The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers. It’s not a book I would easily pick up and I am not a fan of English romantic literature so when I saw the names of Lord Byron, Keats, and Shelley as the main characters I was a bit put off. It did take me a while to get into it but when I did, I was very pleasantly surprised. Powers sets a very interesting mood which is at times like reading someone else’s dream where you feel that there are moments of haze and you are not sure about what’s happening, while at other times things are bright and clear. It’s a very unusual vampire story in which the author has combined historical facts with traditional myths with folklore and fiction. It’s not consistent in pace so it can at times be a bit slow and then suddenly spur into action. This book does have some great action and gruesome terror and it builds up well towards the ending so I’m very happy I stuck with it!
What three books changed your life?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This probably has to do with the fact that when I was young I discovered this book in a small cupboard into which I had been trying to get for quite some time. One day I found the key and finally opened what turned out to be my mother’s book collection from when she was herself a child. I grabbed the most tattered book I could find and started reading it, and I did not put it down. This was the first time that I realised that reading a good book was one of the best pastimes.
Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett. It took me exactly three pages to fall in love with Pratchett’s style and writing. I finished the book in a few days and ran to the bookstore for more. Having now read all of the Discworld novels, Lord and Ladies is still one of my favourites. It’s a very balanced book between light and fun and darkness with a very tight and capturing plot. This was the best random book choice I’ve ever made and I would definitely recommend it. No matter what I’m currently reading, I always have a TP book open by the side of my bed. Revisiting the Discworld time and time again is like going to see an old friend.
I can’t think of a third one!
What’s on your birthday wish list?
Books, books and more books! I’m getting back to my passion for cooking and my dream of one day having a very attractive cooking library. So I’ve decided to try my hand at one of the most challenging cuisines; Persian and Middle-Eastern. Top of my list is Persianna by Sabrina Ghayour with food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. And to compliment that with something sweet, my second choice is The Baking Book from Honey and Co and their mouth-watering recipes from their restaurant in Fitzrovia, London – which is also top on my to-visit list.
What has been the highlight/s of the past year?
Leaving Athens (and 365 days of sun behind) to move to London. Shortly afterwards I started working with Atwood Tate which has been a lovely experience so far. I feel I am part of a small and supportive family in a very active and productive environment. I couldn’t have imagined a better place to be in for my first job in the UK.
True Fact: I never travel without a Terry Pratchett Book!
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