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On Tour: Meet the author Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the New York Times bestselling author of Happier at Home (Two Roads) and The Happiness Project (HarperCollins). Gretchen Rubin is visiting Australia in early June, and will be a keynote speaker at the Happiness and Its Causes conference in Sydney and the Inspire Festival in Brisbane.

What would you put on a shelf-talker for your latest book?
Are you struggling to change an important habit—or to help someone else change a habit? It’s not that hard when you know what to do.

What are you reading right now?
Editor to Author: The Letters of Maxwell Perkins (ed by John H Wheelock, Cherokee Publishing Company) and My Struggle: Book Four: Dancing in the Dark (Karl Ove Knausgaard, Harvill Secker).

What are you planning to read next?
Living by Henry Green (Vintage).

Which book do you always recommend?
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander (OUP).

What was the defining book of your childhood?
Little House in the Big Woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder). That’s the first book I remember being able to read to myself. The ending of my book Happier at Home was an homage to that masterpiece, and its brilliant, haunting final paragraph.

If you were a literary character you’d be
…I’m stumped.

What’s your favourite book adaptation (film, television or theatre)?
Game of Thrones.

What’s your favourite books website or blog?
The catalogue for my library, the New York Society Library.

Hardback, paperback or digital?

Facebook or Twitter?

In 50 years’ time books will be
…as precious as ever.



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