Celebrity Reader Interview: Rob Ryan

I was delighted when the artist Rob Ryan agreed to answer some questions for The Book Base about his reading habits and favourite books. My sister introduced me to Rob Ryan’s amazing paper cuts a few years ago, and I’ve been a big admirer ever since. If you aren’t familiar with his work, check out his website.

Here are his responses to our questions:

What were your favourite books as a child?

  • The Otterbury Incident by Cecil Day Lewis
  • Tootles the Taxi (a Ladybird Book)
  • My Friend Mr Leakey by J. B. S. Haldane

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman

Who are your favourite authors?

William Saroyan and P. G. Wodehouse

When and where do you do most of your reading?

In bed before I go to sleep or lying on my bed at the weekend.

Approximately how many books do you read in a year?


Which book has influenced you the most?

Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan

What are you reading at the moment?

Role Models by John Waters

Which art books would you recommend?

Masterpieces in Detail by Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen. It’s a fantastic and easy to understand introduction in how to ‘read’ paintings.

Many thanks to Rob Ryan for taking the time to complete our Q&A.

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