Andrea Hanke first worked at Bookseller+Publisher as a very over-qualified editorial assistant back in 2006. After a couple of years in London she has returned to the fold as editor of the magazine. What better way to introduce her, we thought, than to have her answer our Fancy Goods questionnaire? Read her answers and judge her for yourselves…
What are you reading right now?
The Master (Colm Tóibín, Picador)—it moved to the top of my bedside reading pile when I found out Tóibín was coming to the Sydney Writers Festival. It toppled Vertigo—a tough break for W G Sebald.
What book do you always recommend?
Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin (Little, Brown) and Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (HarperCollins).
What book are you most looking forward to?
It’s already out, but Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man (Penguin)—because everyone keeps telling me how fantastic it is.
What book made you wonder what all the fuss was about?
What’s the best book you’ve read that no-one’s ever heard of?
My top picks share a Booker and a Pulitzer between them so I’m not sure I’m the best person to answer this question.
Obligatory desert island question—which book would you want with you?
The other Brontë —Jane Eyre.
Is there a book you’ve bought for the cover?
I have a weakness for highly detailed, whimsical covers. I also like it when publishers make an effort with their endpapers.
Hardback, paperback or digital?
Paperbacks, for their affordability and portability.
If I were a literary character I’d be…
Edith Campbell Berry from Frank Moorhouse’s Grand Days (Vintage)—I’d like to say for her (not quite effortless) sophistication but really it’s for her obsessive attention to detail.
The best thing about books is…
They create imaginative, curious people.
You can find previous Fancy Goods questionnaires under ‘Interviews’ in our categories menu.