Thursday 21 November 2019

Waking hours with author Sinead Moriarty

Author Sinead Moriarty
Author Sinead Moriarty

The author's late father features prominently in the loves of her life, as well as a girl crush on Amal Clooney.

The person

My dad

The memory

The last time I spoke to him before he died

The moment of the day

Early morning walks when it's quiet and peaceful

The song

Viva la Vida by Coldplay. It always puts me in a good mood

The movie

The Way We Were. I named my new book after it

The hero

Harper Lee, who wrote the perfect book, To Kill a Mockingbird

The book

To Kill a Mockingbird

The outfit

Pyjamas. I love them

The friend

My black cat, who sleeps beside me as I write

The pet hate

The sound of Styrofoam packaging rubbing against cardboard - it sets my teeth on edge

The accessory

A book, because then you'll never be bored, whether you are stuck in a queue, travelling, or if someone is late to meet you

The gadget

My computer, because all of my books, columns and photos are on it

The beauty product

Mascara - Diorshow Iconic by Christian Dior; it's my desert-island choice

The holiday

France, any part of it. They know how to live!

The piece of advice

If you fail, pick yourself up, dust yourself down and try again

The drink

Ice-cold Champagne, or Prosecco, or cava

The hotel

Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare

The bar

Sheehan's, Chatham St, D2

The celebrity

Amal Clooney - I have a total girl crush on her

The hobby

Watching my kids play football (when it's not raining sideways!)

The part of my body

My hands, because that's what I write/type with

The virtue

A good sense of humour - vital to get through life with

The vice

A complete inability to have a few squares of chocolate or one or two sweets from a box. I have to polish off every single one

The smell

Baby talcum powder; it brings back such happy memories

The taste

The chicken wings from Avenue Cafe & Restaurant in Maynooth - the best I've ever tasted

Sinead's new book 'The Way We Were', published by Penguin, €19.50, is available now

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