Lydia Atkins

Unconventional places to read

On an unforgivingly hot day in July 2016, I sat on the central reservation barrier on the A20, five miles outside Dover, and read almost all of Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. Heightened security checks at the border had led to standstill traffic. The car hadn’t moved in...
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Posted Mar. 16, 2019

There are no wrong impressions of a book

Is it possible to have a ‘wrong’ impression of a book? Does it matter if my interpretation is different to that which the author intended? What happens if I don’t like a book universally hailed as a ‘classic’? These are the sorts of unhelpful questions readers tend to ask themselves....
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Posted Mar. 13, 2019