May 2011 – Author – Elena Moya




Elena is the author of the wonderful new book the ‘Olive Groves of Belchite ‘Elena Moya grew up in the Mediterranean coastal town of Tarragona, near Barcelona. After graduating in Journalism from the University of Navarre, she worked for El Periodico de Catalunya, and won a Fulbright scholarship to do a Masters in Financial Journalism in the US. Elena settled in London as a financial journalist eleven years ago, where she is now a business reporter at The Guardian newspaper. Previously she spent two years as a corporate finance correspondent at Reuters, and nine years at Bloomberg. An ardent traveller, cyclist and football player, Elena lives with her partner in North London.

LNL Questionnaire

Your favourite virtue?
Bouce back like the Ave Fenix

Your favourite qualities in a man?
I am a lesbian! but as a friend, humanity, and the fact that they are a bit less complicated than women, makes them great friends.

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
Humanity, warmth, intelligence, creativity

Your main characteristic?
Never stop trying! I also love life

What draws you most to your friends?
Cammaraderie, going through life together, with all its ups and downs.

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?
Can somebody please bring real equal opportunities?

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?
Now –Guardiola, FC Barcelona’s six-cup winning coach .I can talk football for hours. Or Sir Alex Ferguson. And Hillary Clinton.

Your idea of happiness?
Being at home with my cat and my girl, cuddling in the sofa, watching football. Next, being at the pub with my friends, having crisps and wine for dinner.

What is your favourite way of spending the day?
Cuddle up and read some chapters of a good book with coffee. Early morning run in Clissold park, piggy-trott style, followed by a long foaming bath full of oils, reading the Guardian and the FT. Walk to Broadway St. market in Hackney, lunch at the Argentinean restaurant in cold day, with a good glass or red wine. Walk back down the canal, have a siesta with my girlfriend. Shower, dress up and go to a friend’s party with a couple of good bottles of cava in hand.

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?
Quite happy with mine.

Where would you most like to live?
Stoke Newington is good, but I have fantasies about opening my bedroom windows and seeing and smelling the Mediterranean sea –in Sitges, or Cadaques.

Who is your favourite author?
Cervantes. Don Quixote is a way of life –five centuries later.

Who is your favourite poet?
Machado –Spanish poet who died in exile. Described Spain and love as nobody else.

Your favourite heroes in fiction?
Tintin, the Secret Seven.

Your favourite heroines in fiction?
Pipi Longstockings –never allowed unfairness happen around her.

Your favourite painters?

Who is your favourite composer?
Bach and Pau Casals (best cello in the world)

What is your favourite Film?
Notorious and The Lady Vanishes, good old Hitchcock movies from the early English days, in B/W.

Your favourite food?
Tortilla, always.

Your favourite drink?
Good glass of albarino wine.

Who do you most admire?
Any woman who works and has children, and organises herself to cope, and smiles.

What is your present state of mind?

For what fault have you most toleration?
I am quite indulgent on time and love sins (excluding infidelity, of course.)

Your favourite motto?
It sounds naff, but I believe in this: today is the first day of the rest of your life.


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