I thought it was something peculiar to me. I thought I was abnormal.
I have a good collection of cookery books. This is not so much because I like cooking, but because I like eating.
When I was a child and teenager I read whenever I had the opportunity, but since then I've found it hard to read as much as I'd like, children, work, and pets all providing powerful incentives to escape into a book and a practical reason why I rarely do so.
It took a brave editor in the U.S. to sign a contract for Dancing Girls, and without her belief in the book, I'm not sure it would ever have found its way into print.
I can't pick out one single book that had such a profound personal impact.
Much of my reading time over the last decade and a half has been spent reading aloud to my children. Those children's bedtime rituals of supper, bath, stories, and sleep have been a staple of my life and some of the best, most special times I can remember.
If you can't return a favor, pass it on.
The richest most meaningful stories are found in small places: made, carried, crafted, told, and retold by apparently unimportant people.
I'm working on a nonfiction book on Nepal and a novel about diasporas.
The young women in my classes are feisty and clever and believe, often with the passion of youthful optimism, that feminism is a battle already won. I worry for them - and for my daughters, too.
Last Update: 1 February 2023
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