Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara. Certainly not the first book I read but it was the story that had me falling madly in love with horses and realising that books could create a range of strong emotions. I was lucky enough to get my own horse when I was about 12 . . .
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a hard one. Having lived for 80 years there are so many. I will have to come back to this . . . Have thought about it and can't name just five - there are so many, and joining a book club extended my reading to many genres. Some I would never have chosen from the library shelf. Here are some: C J Sansom's historical novels that so cleverly intertwine fact and fiction. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Left me so angry and shaking my head in disbelief at the immorality involved in some scientific research. Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes, reflected some nursing issues for me - I cried my eyes out! True stories about the fall of Singapore, the Japanese invasion and the Burma-Siam railway especially books by 'Weary' Dunlop and Robert Hardie both doctors on the line with whom my father worked. The Fig by the Gate by Kate Llewellyn. I read this whenever I need some light relief. Decidedly eclectic in other words!
Laurie Maddison describes her experiences as a child in Malaya, Australia and England. After school she enters nursing, marries, has a child and returns to Perth, Western Australia, where she works at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and in specialist areas at Royal Perth, followed by community nursing, post-graduate courses at University, mental health nursing, and finally as a university lecturer.