In any 24 hours there might be sleeping, eating, kids, parents,
friends, lovers, work, school, travel, deadlines, emails, phone
calls, Facebook, Twitter, the news, the TV, Playstation, music,
movies, sport, responsibilities, passions, desires, dreams.
Why should you stop what you're doing and read a book?
Reading is not an innate human ability. Many people can't read.
Many people would rather read a newspaper, a magazine, a blog, a
cereal packet, than a novel.
But people have always needed stories. We need literature -
novels, poetry - because we need to make sense of our lives, test
our depths, understand our joys, and discover what humans are
capable of. Great books can provide companionship when we are
lonely or peacefulness in the midst of the commuter rush. Reading
provides a unique kind of pleasure and no-one should live without
The ten essays in this book tell us about the experience of
reading, why access to books should never be taken forgranted, how
reading transforms our brains, and how literature can save lives.
In any 24 hours there are so many demands on your time and
attention - books should be one of them.