I’m Lynn Farley-Rose and I’m insatiably fascinated by the things that people do to cope when life gets tough.
My first book 31 Treats And A Marriage, tells the story of what I did to cope after being blown apart and feeling worthless. I learned to be grateful for ‘treats’. What I’m talking about are the experiences that we always mean to try but don’t make time for. I made a list of things I longed to do. Almost a bucket list… but not quite. Instead of ‘things to do before I die’ these were things to help me re-connect with life. I let each one have its moment and they taught me surprising and wonderful things. Horse riding…the collected stories of Saki…extravagant Italian cookery… New York… late night jazz…the social history of Port Sunlight…
Click here to read the article about 31 Treats And A Marriage on the BBC Arts Website.
My second book The Interview Chain is a series of conversations—each interviewee was asked to nominate someone they admire as the next link. Starting from a casual conversation on a boat on the Thames, the chain wended its way for over 23,000 miles, alighting on three continents and gathering up personal perspectives on issues that really matter in the world today. The interviewees include a theatre director, a rabbi, a philanthropist, a sculptor, a New York Mayoral candidate, a pioneering documentary maker, and a man who rescues giant trees. Some have worked in challenging places—Kabul in the time of the Taliban, a Romanian orphanage, immigration detention centres, remote Indian villages—while others have found themselves caught up in extraordinary situations such as the Rwandan genocide, the Ferguson uprising, and the UN Climate Change Negotiations.
This is the most lovely approach to tell social change stories that I have read about ever, and it is an overwhelming honor to be part of this book.
Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador to the American Jewish World Service and former New York City political leader.