Reading with. Judy Aitkenhead Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer
Reading with. Judy Aitkenhead Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer Declan Cooley

What I'm reading...with retired teacher Judy Aitkenhead

Name: Judy Aitkenhead

What do you do? I'm a retired school teacher from Gladstone

What is your favourite genre? I like either autobiographies or books on Australian history. I just finished a biography on Gough and Margaret Whitlam. It was very interesting. Margaret was a very influential woman.

Hardcopy or digital? I once tried a digital book but it drove me crazy. I love the feel and smell of a hardcopy.

Who is your favourite author? It would have to be between Bryce Courtney and Peter Watt. I love the books Peter Watt wrote on a couple of Australian families back in the early days. Cry of the Curlew is the first book in that trilogy.

Worst book you have ever read? I've never read a bad book. If I don't like the book after the first chapter, that's it, it's done and I don't pick it back up.

Have you ever been able to relate to a story character? No I wouldn't say I have. I can say I relate to certain characteristics of characters. What I can relate to are all the ups and downs of life and the unknown things that only family members know. But every family is the same.



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