Five questions in Five minutes with Diane Armstrong

Award winning journalist and author of "Empire Day" joins us for five questions in five minutes...

What are you reading right now?
At the moment I’m reading Cutting For Stone, a novel by Abraham Verghese.

What do you like about it?

I’m enjoying the exotic setting in Ethiopia, the detailed medical information, unusual story, and excellent writing.

What's your favourite book?

My favourite book? It’s hard to choose just one! One of my all-time favourites is Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. I’m in awe of his descriptive powers, vivid imagination, and larger-than-life characters. I love the skillful way he weaves the various strands of the plot together with such delicious irony. One of my more recent favourites is Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s brilliant novel The First Circle, a chilling story in which he evokes the effect on ordinary people, of living in a totalitarian state.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing I love spending time with my family and my friends, playing with my little grand-daughters, walking along the beach, playing tennis, and doing yoga. I also enjoy playing bridge which I find frustrating and challenging, but fascinating.

Can you give us a clue about your next (highly anticipated) book?
My next novel will be a wartime story of passion and betrayal set in the Channel Islands.

Everyone is welcome to come along to Cronulla Library for an author talk /book signing with Diane Armstrong on Tuesday, 6th December at 6.30pm. You can book online or by calling the library on 95234980.