I work with all The Reading Agency's programmes to produce and market their brilliant display materials and information packs, such as the Summer Reading Challenge height chart you see in my picture.
I can't remember a time without books. I was very lucky; my mum was a complete bookworm and used to take my brother and me to the library almost every week. We would come home with piles of books and we were given books as presents. For me they were an escape from a small country town and I spent my childhood daydreaming about other worlds, being at boarding school in the Alps, being a twin or being a Victorian! I loved books from another age and lost myself in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, the Chalet School books by Elinor Brent-Dyer and my absolute favourite, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
I studied English and French at uni and continued my passion for books from the 19th and early 20th centuries. I find that novels have a timeless quality to them and you absorb so much detail about history, customs and other cultures that are as relevant today as they were to the original readers.
I recently completed a master's degree in English and was once again thrown into reading and discussing books and topics I may not have chosen for myself. It made my brain fizz. I'm now in a reading group and we have heated discussions about the book we have just shared. I love the fact that six people can read the same set of words and yet come away from the last page with very different reactions to what they have read. Reading books together has also allowed us to talk about topics that could be awkward as a straightforward conversation. I suppose that sums up just why I love working here.
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