A wintry celebration of words and wine

A wintry celebration of words and wine

It’s that time of year when the days are short and the nights are long – just perfect for curling up in your pjs with a good book.

But while it’s lovely hibernating during winter, we are super excited about wrapping up warm and heading along to a few sessions of the 2017 Marlborough Book Festival, which is held at various locations in and around Blenheim on July 28-30.

With an exciting line up of poets, short story writers, novelists and journalists there’s something to interest every reader – whether you’re eager to get the most out of every glass of beer (let’s face it, who doesn’t?), keen to learn how to draw your own cartoons (with tutelage from an award-winning expert), or interested in unearthing all the latest secrets from the dinosaur age.

As sponsors of this wonderful Marlborough event, we are proud to help celebrate and encourage reading in Marlborough. So we did a quick whip around the office to discover some of our team members’ reading habits and share some of our most-treasured reads below.

Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 4.40.03 PMMark Davis
What do you love about reading?
There is nothing like a good book to immerse yourself in. Reading for me is about learning new things and ideas but also you can’t beat a good mystery.
Favourite book or favourite author
Sea Biscuit by Laura hillenbrand – a story of three men and a racecourse. I’m a sucker for a great underdog comeback story.
When do you find/make time to read?
Mostly at nights before bed or a good long read in the weekend.
Any early childhood memories to do with books you’d like to share?
Most remember reading comics as a kid, loved all the superheroes.
What’s currently on your bedside table?
Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Riley.

Pauline Troon
What do you love about reading?
I find it helps me unwind, a way to lose myself and also learn as I’m reading.
Favourite book or favourite author
Marian Keyes, Lee Childs, Gill Paul
When do you find/make time to read?
Normally at bedtime, as I’m usually too busy the rest of the day!
Any early childhood memories to do with books you’d like to share?
As a child I loved reading the Enid Blyton series of the Secret Seven, Famous Five etc. Also loved history related stories.
What’s currently on your bedside table?
I have just finished reading The Secret Wife by Gill Paul. It was a great read with a bit of history which I enjoy. Have just started reading another one of Gill Paul’s called No Place for a Lady.

Bryan Palmer
What do you love about reading?
Simple – I can disappear for 30 minutes into another realm to be inspired, humoured, entertained, shook up….
Favourite book or favourite author
Fred Vargas (a she!) a quirky murder/thriller writer.
When do you find/make time to read?
Always evening.
Any early childhood memories to do with books you’d like to share?
Used to love Sci-fi, then I grew up I guess.
What’s currently on your bedside table?
An old Len Deighton spy novel London Match and Tim Ferris’ Tools of Titans.

Mariska Nicholas
What do you love about reading?
Relaxing, uplifting, educational, motivating…getting lost in an epic tale is a great escape from a busy life.
Favourite book or favourite author
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – such a powerful story of truth, heart wrenching discrimination, triumph and love. It’s a story we could all still learn from.
When do you find/make time to read?
Evenings when the house is quiet and the phone has stopped ringing.
Any early childhood memories to do with books you’d like to share?
Cold winter evenings in my PJs lying in front of a crackling open fire reading poems from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.
What’s currently on your bedside table?
Another old favourite – The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Bronwyn Brown
What do you love about reading?
Relaxing. Gaining knowledge.
Favourite book or favourite author
Too many to list – Wilbur smith, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwall, Lee Childs, Steig Larson, Marian Keyes…
When do you find/make time to read?
9pm-11ish depending on the book – I’ve been known to carry on until the wee small hours.
Any early childhood memories to do with books you’d like to share?
Always reading – loved the Magic Faraway Tree, Black Beauty, Tom Sawyer. Reading on the school bus an hour each way.
What’s currently on your bedside table?
Halfway through a Lee Child, then have a book about a Tibetan nun waiting.

Bev Hodgetts
What do you love about reading?
Relaxation and nothing better than a good book you can’t put down.
Favourite book or favourite author
Wilbur Smith – such great stories and knowledge.
What time of day do you find time to read?
Night and in morning occasionally. Weekends.
Any early childhood memories to do with books you’d like to share?
Loved the Secret Seven, classic kids novels back then.
What’s currently on your bedside table?
The Brother

Speak Your Mind

*