Pamf-LIT: Amanda Mackenzie Stuart


As you may know by now, we are hosting the first Pamflet salon of the summer season with Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, author of a fascinating biography of legendary editrix Diana Vreeland. You can find out more about the salon, including how to get tickets here, but in the meantime just read on for an insight into Amanda’s literary life…

Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?

On the whole I prefer reading paperbacks, but I love my Kindle when I’m in a hurry and when I’m travelling. Diana Vreeland was very strict about posture and heavy handbags. I blame my Kindle-travel thing on her.

How do you organise your books?

By room, roughly. Airport rubbish in an upstairs room, though there’s less of that around these days thanks to DV and the Kindle. Books that might help with my work are mainly in my study. Fiction – more or less- in the sitting room. Everything else goes into my husband’s study whether he’s interested in the subject or not. Apart that is, from books about the architecture of my home city Edinburgh which live, for some reason, in a downstairs loo. That’s the theory. It’s very different in practice.

397112What’s the book you reread more than any other?

A Legacy by Sybille Bedford

What’s the book you own but have never read?

Stay Fit After Fifty: Your Guide to Well-being in the Second Half of Life

What’s on your nightstand?

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
The Junior Officers’ Reading Club by Patrick Hennessy
Rome by Robert Hughes

What’s in your handbag?

My Kindle with every single one of the VI Warshawski novels by Sara Paretsky. I’ve been doing a lot of travelling.

What’s the book you foist on people?

A Legacy by Sybille Bedford

Name the four books that mean the world to you

Apart from A Legacy by Sybille Bedford? This list changes all the time. Right now:

The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane
The Emigrants by WG Sebald
The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It keeps my grandson happy for his equivalent of hours on end, but I’m really not quite sure why.

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Co-founder and co-editor of Pamflet. Bookworm, bluestocking, Brown Owl. Loves Garconnes style, reading, writing, ranting and raving. Gin snob.
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Co-founder and co-editor of Pamflet. Bookworm, bluestocking, Brown Owl. Loves Garconnes style, reading, writing, ranting and raving. Gin snob.

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