Carmen Callil'I would publish books that needed to be published, books forgotten or neglected, books I would ferret out and make available, perfectly certain that there were thousands like me who would buy and read them'Mark Haddon'I want to read novels which not only understand and care deeply about their flawed and wayward characters, but which also, miraculously, seem to understand me, whether they are The Wind in the Willows or Middlemarch'Michael Rosen'I can only see our faces catching the light, as if we are just masks hanging there, our bodies left outside in the dark perhaps. In my father's hands is a book: Great Expectations, and every night, there in the tent, he reads it to us'Zadie Smith'Local libraries are gateways – not only to other libraries but to other lives'Jeanette Winterson'text to come' Blake Morrison'text to come'Dr Maryanne Wolf & Dr Mirit Barzillai'text to come'Tim Parks'The world has been left behind. Instead a whirling word machine has lifted off from the heavy surfaces of soil, cement and skin.
A strong argument for making "reading more" one of your new Year's Resolutions.
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December 26, 2011
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