Getting kids reading
May18

Getting kids reading

One of my greatest achievements as a parent has been to get my kids reading and loving books. I was the only child in my family who read, and my husband doesn’t read at all, so I knew that raising three bookworms was far from inevitable. But I’m pleased to say I have! Books are something I have always been happy to spend money on and few things make me happier than seeing my kids curled up with a book. When they were...

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Heroes and dreams
Nov18

Heroes and dreams

Now I’m a proper grown-up, I no longer have heroes who are musicians, actors or sportspeople. My heroes now are all literary. It’s because I love books but, it’s also because I’ve always wanted to write. A few years ago I bumped into an old teacher in the village. I didn’t remember her name or what she taught, but she remembered me and that I’d wanted to be an author. Had I made it? Does part-time...

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