Wednesday 21 February 2018

The loves of my life: Cathy Kelly, author

Author Cathy Kelly
Author Cathy Kelly

The three men in her life feature high on the list along with

The person

I can't pick one! My three men: John, Dylan and Murray

The memory

The day my twin sons were born. Magical

The moment of the day

First thing in the morning, when I let my three Puplets of Loveliness out, drink coffee and gaze down the valley out to sea

The song

Gimme Shelter by the Stones. It reaches into me and grabs something in my heart

The movie

Some Like it Hot - it's gloriously funny

The hero

All the aid workers around the world today. They are true heroes

The book

It changes every day. Right now, it is the inspirational It's Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice

The outfit

Jeans, Converse/biker boots and a fitted jacket. Modern and unfeminine, despite my being a short, curvy blonde!

The gadget

My phone. I love to talk

The accessory

Any of my endless hippie-ish costume jewellery, with stones like turquoise, aqua chalcedony, and lapis lazuli

The pet hate

The sheer inequality of this world. That's why I work with Unicef Ireland

The friend

I am blessed to have so many women friends - I can't name just one. My sister, Lucy, is an angel in my life

The beauty product

Sunscreen, due to a malignant melanoma; a Dermalogica serum for the wrinkles; and Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream

The holiday

The west of Ireland; or Paris with my family

The piece of advice

Henry James's great piece of wisdom that kindness, kindness and kindness are the three most important words in the English language

The hotel

The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford. It's the perfect, exquisite retreat

The drink

That first rich coffee of the day, Colombian filter preferably

The bar

The g in Galway

The hobby

Hugging my kids, husband and dogs, reading endlessly, crocheting badly, laughing at the movies

The celebrity

Anyone who's genuine and does something long-lasting and world-enhancing or people-enhancing with their fame

The part of the body

My eyes

The virtue

Kindness - I hope!

The vice

Being entirely unable to say no in any language

The smell

My husband's signature scent, Obsession for Men

The taste

Toasted spelt bread covered with lavender honey

Cathy's book, 'It Started with Paris', published by Orion, €10.99, is out now in paperback

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