What Writers Read: Eileen Kernaghan

What do children’s writers and illustrators read in their spare time? In this series of interviews with B.C. book folks, we discuss everything from guilty reading pleasures to the best literary villains. If you’d like to share some favourites of your own, please leave a comment!

Eileen Kernaghan

What books are on your end table right now?
Anita Rau Badami, The Hero’s Walk; Robert Harris, Enigma

Who’s your favourite author of all time?
It’s impossible to choose just one, but Rosemary Sutcliff, Mary Webb and Mary Renault are strong contenders.

If you could have dinner with three writers, who would you choose?
Three of the Inklings – J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams. And I’d meet them for a pub lunch in The Eagle and Child.

Who are your favourite literary heroes?
Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings); Gabriel Oak (Far from the Madding Crowd); Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre)

What series did you read growing up?
Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons books.

To learn more about Eileen and her work, please visit her website.
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