Shelfie Feature – Lindsay Slogrove

Lindsay Slogrove is the News Editor of The Independent on Saturday, and writes a weekly column for them: Off the Couch.
She is an avid reader, and a regular reviewer of books. She mentioned that she has read Winnie the Pooh so many times she can almost quote Every Line because it never fails to make her Laugh Out Loud.
And Lindsay offers some advice to readers: ‘And never turn the corner on a page to keep your place. Use a clothes peg for the best bookmark – it will keep your pages open so you can eat and read at the same time.’
What do you love about reading?
The world disappears and you can be anywhere else, any time and doing anything; have adventures, learn things, smile, laugh, cry, be angry, fall in love, be joyous, be heartbroken, go down memory lane, all from the comfort of your favourite couch with dogs on your lap or on your feet. There is too much to learn and too many books to read in one lifetime.
What was your favourite book last year?
Only one!? Remembering Leopards stands out as one of the most stunning collections of photographs of these magnificent, elusive, powerful cats, and all the proceeds go to projects working on their conservation. It’s one in a series of remarkable books published by Margot Raggett MBE and founder of Remembering Wildlife.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team. This is not a recent release, but having watched the film, I wanted to find out more about the people who were willing to put their lives on the line for people they didn’t know. It is an extraordinary story, free of politics, spin or judgement, about what happened that night.
What are you reading at the moment?
I’ve just started Under The Tamarind Tree by Nigar Alam, and it’s showing great promise. Interspersed with brief and painful dips into Zondo at Your Fingertips by Paul Holden.

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