Thursday, September 20, 2012

Book Club: with Twenty-Seven Names

I don't trust people who don't read. If there's no books in your bedroom I'm instantly suspicious. And a Kindle doesn't count either. Books have always been a hugely informative part of my life and I always seem to connect with people who are similar. Nothing is more exciting than discovering a mutual love for an author or novel. And refreshingly it's something that isn't often all over someone's Facebook or Twitter - reading habits still have a sense of privacy due to the nature of the activity.

So I've decided to do a new series on the blog, a Book Club if you will. With many of my favorite and and most fascinating people talking about their favourite books and how they have informed and shaped them and their work. First up are Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart, the designers from Twenty-Seven Names. The recent collection they showed at NZFW was inspired by Jeffrey Eugenides recent novel 'The Marriage Plot'.

What was the last book you read? 
Rachel: The Marriage Plot - Jeffery Eugenides
What are your favorite books? 
Anjali: A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth, Middle Sex - Jeffrey Eugenides, The Beauty Myth - Naomi Wolf, Harry Potter 1-7: number 4 is my favorite - J.K Rowling, A Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela, Riders - Jilly Cooper....
Do you have a preferred genre? 
R: No, but I'm not into mysteries/crime/horror. I do like non-fiction quite a lot too.

Sartorially speaking, do you have a favorite book or character? 
A: Hermione Granger - what I wouldn't do to be her.....
Are there any books that have informed your personal style? 
R: Harry Potter
Likewise with your work? 
R: We've looked a lot a Jane Austen in the past, and for our current season Jane Austen, Bronte Sisters, and George Elliot
When do you do your reading? 
A: Whilst travelling and prior to sleep.
What protagonist do you identify with the most? 
R: Hermione Granger... Hehe
As a child did you have a character you identified with? 
A: Macaulay Culkin from Home-Alone.

Do you have a favorite author? 
R: Ian McEwen, Jeffery Eugenides
What's your guilty pleasure book? 
A: Anything by Jilly Cooper - whoops.
What were the most formative books from your youth? 
R: I was read the Lord of the Rings about age 10, and had nightmares! but loved it!
What was your favorite book from your childhood? 
R: Peepo and Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, and Doggar by Shirley Hughes
Is there a book that you find yourself re-reading? 
R: No not normally, but I'm thinking about re-reading Saturday by Ian McEewn
Do you have any favorite illustrated books? 
R: All the Madeline Books by Ludwig Bemelmans

Is cover design important to you? 
A: Yes, but in saying so it can be very deceiving.
Are there any books that you just could not finish (of even start) for whatever reason? 
R: There are a lot of books I've failed to get into or finish - recently I tried the Night Watch by Sarah Waters and couldn't get into it but I've heard it's amazing so I'm going to give it another go.
Whats your favorite book-to-film combo?
A: Honestly I'm struggling not to answer Harry Potter for most of these questions, but I love the Harry Potter movies: Emma Watson......
Do you or would you Kindle/eBook? 
R: Not feeling it, but I do think it's practical!


  1. THIS IS EXCELLENT! I will be an avid book club feature reader..this actually reminds me of the john waters quote about making books "sexy" again...he said something like "if you go home with someone who doesn't have a bookcase, then don't fuck 'em".

    1. Best quote ever right!!!! Life advice right there :)

  2. Such a great idea! I'll be making notes on books to check out.

  3. HUGE ENTHUSIAST OF THIS ALREADY. The Harry Potter answers are brilliant ha

  4. Hit the nail on the head with fav authors - Ian McEwan & Jeffery Eugenides, I've read everything McEwan's written (bar his most recent two novels) and just recently finished Middlesex. Interested to know why you think kindles don't count though?

  5. harry potter fo' life.

    nuff said.