The Good Book is a good read for Tilewa Abolade

15th October 2004 at 01:00
Favourite books

When I was younger it was I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

She has such a passion for living, despite all the crazy things that happened to her. Now it is the Bible. I read it every day. Anything that happens in life, you find in there.

Reading business

I like business biographies, like Bloomberg by Bloomberg, the autobiography of Michael Bloomberg, the financial analyst who started selling information before he even had a computer system that worked properly. I've also read Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch, who was CEO of General Electric.

He started young and revolutionised the way the organisation worked. And Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, a small book about mice. One mouse expects more cheese to arrive; the other goes looking for it. It's about people being proactive rather than waiting for things to happen. I suppose it's a bit similar to what I'm trying to do at Volunteer Reading Help: to go out and use our programme, Reaching all Communities, to make VRH as accessible as possible.

Best film ever

A Time to Kill, an adaptation of a John Grisham novel set in Mississippi.

Matthew McConaughey (pictured) is a lawyer defending a black guy played by Samuel L Jackson, whose daughter has been raped and who has taken the law into his own hands and killed the people who did it. McConaughey paints a picture of a child being raped, as if the child was white, and he says:

"Imagine it was your child." That had a profound effect on me.

Treat in store

I want to see the new Kim Basinger film, Cellular. She's trapped, someone is trying to kill her but she uses her mobile to try to get help. It seems obvious that someone should make a film about using mobile phones, because they're such an integral part of our lives, and yet the story is so unique.

Best on the web

I use every day. I love words and whenever I hear a new one I look it up there. You can set it up to send you a new word each day, but that would be too sad, even for me.

Tilewa Abolade, 28, is social diversity manager for the charity Volunteer Reading Help. She was talking to Karen Gold. For details of the Reaching All Communities programme, see

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