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Jane’s Favorite Music


  • Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor
  • Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
  • Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
  • Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  • Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626
  • Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944
  • Strauss Waltzes


  • Heal the World by Michael Jackson
  • Memories by Andrew Lloyd Webber (from Cats)
  • Music by Wolfgang Netzer (including the score to Jane’s Journey)
  • Walk Lightly on This World by Katie Melua (from Jane’s Journey)
  • Walking in the Air by Howard Blake (from The Snowman)


  • Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
  • Silent Night


Jane’s Favorite Quotations

Here are a few of Jane’s favorite quotations:

  • As thy days, so shall thy strength be.”  -Deuteronomy 33:25
  • When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”  -Jimmy Hendricks
  • Without tears in the eyes there can be no rainbow in the heart.”  -Lakota Saying

And here are a few of our favorite Jane quotations:

  • Every individual matters and has a role to play in this life on Earth”.  -Dr. Jane Goodall
  • Only if we understand can we care.  Only if we care will we help.  Only if we help shall all be saved.”  -Dr. Jane Goodall
  • The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”  -Dr. Jane Goodall
  • We have a choice to use the gift of our lives to make the world a better place.”  -Dr. Jane Goodall


Jane’s Favorite Movies

Jane rarely has time to watch movies, but here are a few of her favorites:

  • Brief Encounter (Jane loved this movie when she was a young girl.)
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Nanny McPhee
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Wages of Fear or Le salaire de la peur (This was also a favorite of Jane’s when she was young.)
  • Trading Places


Jane’s Favorite Books and Authors

Jane loves to read, and although she has very little time to do so, she finds it important to a read a chapter or two before turning off the light each evening.  Check back here to see a list of books she’s read recently and recommends to others:

  • être the cow by Sean Kenniff
  • Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
  • The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll

Jane began reading poetry at an early age and learned many poems by heart (including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge).  Here are a few of the poets she loved to read as a young girl:

  • Francis Thompson
  • John Keats
  • John Milton  
  • Lord Byron
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Robert Browning
  • T. S. Eliot

Here are some of Jane’s favorite books:

  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • Animal Liberation by Peter Singer (Jane instantly became a vegetarian after reading this book.)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The novels of Barbara Pym
  • The writings of Thomas Hardy

A note from Jane:

Also to be included here is the Bible, for its beautiful language, and a number of Shakespeare’s works.  I knew these books so well while growing up and am sure they helped to shape who I am today, my values, and my love of writing.


A note from Jane:

Three books of my childhood probably had the greatest impact on my life.  The Story of Doctor Dolittle (by Hugh Lofting) and Tarzan of the Apes (by Edgar Rice Burroughs) inspired me to understand what animals were trying to tell us and instilled within me an equally strong determination to travel to Africa, live with animals, and write books about them.  The Miracle of Life was a large book my grandmother got for free by saving up coupons from cereal packets.  It was by no means a book intended for children.  It contained discussions of animal behaviour, plant biology, the workings of the human body, and the history of some of the great discoveries in biology and medicine.  It was illustrated with black and white drawings and photos and helped to satisfy my burning desire to learn about these things.


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