Redlands Readers

Mr Chris Blundell: Academic Dean

What are you currently reading? Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (for the second time).

What is your favourite book? Too hard to answer, there are so many books that I like for many reasons. 

What was the book you most enjoyed reading as a child and as a young adult? I didn't enjoy reading as child as I found it hard. My interest in reading (and self-belief in my capacity to read) came in my early teens when I found books that matched my interests. Prior to then I was asked to read books that I felt were irrelevant to me. As a young adult I loved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; I still love that book.

What is your favourite place to read? Everywhere and anytime (I read on my iPad).

Is there a book you have read that you just couldn't put down? Gridlock by Ben Elton.

Is there a book that you have read many times? Aside from the Bible? I tend not to read novels more than once, but I found myself drawn to re-read The Potato Factory by Bryce Courtenay.

Which author would you like to meet? Daniel Kahneman.

Who is your favourite book character? Dirk Gently from the detective novels by Douglas Adams. I really like Dirk Gently as a character because he is profoundly different to everyone I know. He describes himself as a 'holistic detective' who believes in the 'interconnectedness of everything.' His approach to investigations and life is chaotically random, which leads to some very funny situations.

Mr Luke Ralph: Head of Middle School

What are you currently reading? About 6 books.

What is your favourite book? Too many good ones to limit.

What was the book you most enjoyed reading as a child? Enid Blyton series.       

And as a young adult? Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy. 

What is your favourite place to read? A comfy chair.

Is there a book you have read that you just couldn't put down? To Serve Them All My Days by R.F.Delderfield.

Is there a book that you have read many times? Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti.

Which author would you like to meet? Parker Palmer. (Founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal - focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. Author of 9 books, including best-selling and award-winning titles: Healing the Heart of Democracy, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, The Active Life, To Know As We Are Known, The Company of Strangers, and The Promise of Paradox.)

Who is your favourite book character? Jack Ryan. (Jack Ryan is a fictional character, who appears in many of the Jack Ryan series written by Tom Clancy including: Patriot Games, Red Rabbit, The Hunt for Red October, The Cardinal in the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Debt of Honor, Executive Orders, Command Authority, Full Force and Effect, Commander-in-Chief.)

Mrs Emma Short: Middle School English Coordinator 

What are you currently reading? I am currently reading The White Queen by Phillippa Gregory. I started this book about three years ago and now I’m finally finishing it!

Is there a book that you just couldn't put down? A book I could not put down is The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, a beautifully engaging text that I read in one afternoon.

Is there an author you would like to meet? An Author I would like to meet is Mary Shelley. Absolutely impossible to meet her but would love to find out the true inspiration for her novel Frankenstein and whether or not all of us who have speculated since her death are correct. An ebook copy of Mary Shelley's classic novel can be found at this link: https://redlands.wheelers.co

Is there a favourite place you like to read? My favourite place to read would have to be in my Mother’s lounge in her home in Yorkshire - on a very rainy day with a real fire burning in the grate. Perfect reading conditions!

Is there a particular book that you have read more than once? I have read Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird many times. Each time I take new meaning from the text and understanding more than I did before, my understanding of the novel changes constantly. Every time I read it I am amazed by the way in which Lee presents such a confronting issue in such a beautiful narrative.

Is there a popular book that you did NOT enjoy? I was inspired by Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling. I eagerly anticipated The Chamber of Secrets but unfortunately this was one of those immensely popular works of fantasy fiction that I simply did not enjoy as much as the first book.

Who is your favourite book character? I have two favourites !  I just love Bruce Bogtrotter from Roald Dahl’s Matilda. The way in which he devours an entire chocolate cake in order to defeat Miss Trunchbull is brilliant!  Also, Mrs Bennett from Pride and Prejudice – the ultimate embarrassing mother; rude, small minded and a voice that can be heard in the next village!

Mr Rob Pattearson: Head of Senior School                

What are you currently reading? Mawson: And the Ice Men of the Heroic age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen.

What is your favourite book? The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

What was the book you most enjoyed reading as a child and as a young adult? Magician by Raymond E Feist.

What is your favourite place to read? Bed or on the lounge when it is raining outside.

Is there a book you have read that you just couldn't put down? Hover Car Racer by Matthew Riley. I started and finished it in the same night.

Is there a book that you have read many times? I can't remember a book that I have read twice. 

Which author would you like to meet? Jane Austen. The way she tells stories is amazing. 

Who is your favourite book character? Mara of the Acoma from the Empire Trilogy written by Janny Wurts and Raymond E Fiest because she is smart and resourceful, and has an ability to look beyond tradition as well as offering redemption to those who would have been considered useless. 

Mrs Annamari Twomey: Senior School English Coordinator

What are you currently reading? I've got many books on the go at the same time.  I'm reading Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee) for enjoyment; I'm reading Boundaries with Kids (Henry Cloud and John Townsend) for parenting; I'm reading Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg) for my own development.

What is your favourite book? This question is just impossible; it would be like asking me to pick a favourite student from the amazing students I currently teach or ones who have come my way over the years.

What was the book you most enjoyed reading as a child and as a young adult? As a child, I used to love reading a series of Finnish picture books, Miina ja Manu about the adventures of two cats, which ironically I'm allergic to! As a young teen, I loved the Anne of Green Gables series (L. M. Montgomery) and Little Women (Louisa May Alcott).

What is your favourite place to read? I love to read snuggled up on the couch with a blanket and cup of tea, preferably during rainy weather.

Is there a book you have read that you just couldn't put down? I remember years ago on holidays enjoying reading Exodus (Leon Uris) in a very short time and enjoying having the time to immerse myself reading.  There are many books I just couldn't put down, but practically, I had to.

Is there a book that you have read many times? There are many I have read many times, especially ones I teach, for example, The Quiet American by Graham Greene.

Which author would you like to meet? There are too many to choose from, and if this question isn't limited to authors still alive, then I would choose Shakespeare himself.

Who is your favourite book character? I could not choose one character only, in the same way I could not choose a single book.

 

Mrs Janet Kohlmannhuber: Head of Junior School

What are you currently reading? A mixture of fiction and non fiction.

What is your favourite book? Favourite series: The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer

What was the book you most enjoyed reading as a child and as a young adult? Loved reading non fiction.

What is your favourite place to read? Curled up in a comfy chair

Is there a book you have read that you just couldn't put down? As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer

Is there a book that you have read many times? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. 

Which author would you like to meet? Shakespeare

Who is your favourite book character? I don't have a favourite.