TPQ: What are you currently reading?
BR: Sir They’re Taking The Kids In. I came upon it when looking online for something to read. It’s about squaddies on the ground in the early days of the Northern conflict. It’s a decent read so far.
TPQ: Best and worst books you have ever read?
BR: Best - Sophia’s Story. It’s truely a horror story that happened in Ireland in the 80’s about a young girl and her family who were abused by a very angry paedophile father. Worst - The Compassionate Terrorist by Brian Godfrey. Didn’t finish it.
TPQ: Book most cherished as a child?
BR: Can’t remember the name of the book but it had a poem in it called “Lake Isle of Innisfree". I can remember reciting it at school many times.
TPQ: Favourite Childhood author?
BR: Louis L’amour. Simply because those were the books my father read so they naturally fell into my hands. Cowboy books were popular currency amongst rural communities in times past so there was always a plentiful supply
TPQ: First book to really own you?
BR: I’ve no idea what the name of the book was but I can tell you it was about children shipped off to New Zealand for whatever reason. Some were taught by the Christian Brothers but most of them were put to work and met with the most horrific abuse. I was about 15 at the time. This was my first introduction to human trafficking and slavery.
TPQ: Favourite male and female author?
BR: I really don’t have any preference for any author male or female.
A Berlin Book Tower in memory of the Nazi book burning.
TPQ: A preference for fact or fiction?
BR: Fact. Only I think as it’s mainly because of the amount of fiction I read growing up.
TPQ: Biography, autobiography or memoir that most impressed you?
BR: Páidí. It’s about a Gaelic footballer from Kerry. He was a great character both on and off the field.
TPQ: Any author or book you point blank refuse to read?
BR: The books I refuse to read are the autobiographies by current sports people. I always felt short changed so stopped reading them. At least wait for their careers to be over and retired so we get the full story.
TPQ: A book to share with somebody so that they would more fully understand you?
BR: I don’t understand myself most times so picking a book …
TPQ: Last book you gave as a present?
BR: Dessie Farrell's Tangled up in Blue. I gave it to a friend who’s a Dub. Seemed appropriate.
TPQ: Book you would most like to see turned into a movie?
BR: My Father’s Watch, The Story of a Child Prisoner in 70’s Britain. By Patrick Maguire. It’s about the terrible injustice that was visited upon Patrick at 14 along with the rest of his family - the Maguires living in London at the height of the PIRA’s bombing campaign. Their story should be told to the world simply to show how the corrupt legal system and police in England treated innocent people.
TPQ: A "must read" you intend getting to before you die?
BR: Hopefully when Michael O’Leary of Ryanair retires, he will write his autobiography.
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