Book lover: Raymond Hawthorne

Raymond Hawthorne is directing Raising the Titanics, which opens at Auckland's Q Theatre this week.

The book I love most is ... There are two autobiographies by men whose work has influenced my thinking. The first is Timebends, by American playwright Arthur Miller. The other, by film-maker and theatre director Ingmar Bergman, is The Magic Lantern.

The book I'm reading right now is ... A biography of my old friend and mentor, Yvonne Rust: Maverick Spirit, by Theresa Sjoquist. In 1953, Yvonne came to Hastings High School to teach art and a group of us became her ardent followers.

The book I want to read next is ... Top of the list and already dipped into is Keith Richard's Life. Very enlightening.

My favourite bookshop is ... Unity Books in High St and The Women's Bookshop on Ponsonby Rd. Both have friendly and informed staff and you always find a treasure.

The book that changed me is ... From 5-8 years old I had rheumatic fever. I read avidly. Most changing and disturbing to me was Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell. Our family were horse lovers and when Ginger died I was heartbroken. I hurled the book across our backyard and didn't finish it for years, but it sure stuck with me.

The book I wish I'd never read is ... If I don't like something I'm reading I chuck it.

- NZ Herald

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