My Heroes and Heroines: Cecelia Ahern
The author tells us about the people who inspire her most
Orla de Bri
Art doesn’t usually move me but when I look at this Irish artist’s bronze and steel sculptures, it’s like I’m reading a story and I understand the characters. My husband bought me one of her pieces. It sits in my office and inspires me.
I fell in love with him and his dancing while watching Singin’ in the Rain. There was more to him than top hats and shiny shoes; his athletic, masculine style of dance was incredibly progressive at the time. I think he’s the reason I started tap dancing when I was 10.
My two-year-old daughter inspires me more than anybody I’ve ever known because I think I’m learning more from her than she is from me. She has absolutely no inhibitions and she’s enjoying life so much. I find that really exciting.
I’ve always loved her but I admired her even more after watching the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. She’s had a really difficult life but at 79 she’s still working and is still hilarious and relevant in an industry that doesn’t celebrate older women.
Aung San Suu Kyi
I Google her a lot because I’m always fascinated by what she’s doing next. I admire people who give up their lives for their cause. I don’t think I could put my beliefs before my family. She’s totally unselfish.
‘The Time of My Life’ by Cecelia Ahern is published in paperback on May 10