👋🏻 MEET THE TEAM 👋🏻 This is one of our Book Selections Managers, Rhiannon, who joined us around 4 months ago.
What did you do before WBC?
After graduating University in 2016, I moved back to Essex and worked as a copywriter and account manager in a marketing agency for a year. When I left, I went on an incredible six week trip and visited Indonesia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and India. I beat the post-travelling blues when I came back because I was lucky enough to start at the WBC!
Favourite book and why
You might think that this answer is a cop-out but... I don’t have a favourite book. I think I’ll just give the cliché answer for someone of my generation: the books that I turn to when I feel anxious, unsure or in need of comfort are the Harry Potter series. I can’t explain why I love the series so much concisely but I recently started listening to a podcast called @hpsacredtext on which the hosts work their way through the books chronologically, reading a chapter a week through one central theme and apply traditional forms of sacred reading to the text. They can explain it better than I can here! If you love the series, or even if you’re just a fan of close reading, I highly recommend it!
Where do you most like to read?
Either in bed or in my favourite chair – a big, bright yellow, wingback armchair.
What was your favourite book as a child and why? ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. When I was little, I was a big fan of saying, “Let’s pretend...” and starting elaborate games of make believe. You can see why the idea of children disappearing through a wardrobe or a painting or from a train station and into a magical world appealed to me. In Narnia, C.S. Lewis created a world so carefully built, so vivid that I could almost feel the snow biting at my skin, taste the Turkish Delight, hear the magical horn that calls the Pevensie children back to Narnia in Prince Caspian. Of course now I understand the allegorical nature of the series but, at the time, I think I just loved the idea that anything was possible if you only believed.
Favourite Tea and Cake
I don’t like tea but I love cake! My favourite cake would probably have to be Passion Cake!