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Book Review

When inspiration strikes

Ever had an “aha!” moment? What did you do with it? Using the spark of inspiration to fire up the will to see it through to completion is what writing books is really all about. Read the full story

Kathryn Stockett, The Help

The Help Book CoverFinally, a chance to peek inside my domestic worker’s head and see what she’s really thinking about me, her strange white madam. Although hang on, it’s not South Africa we’re talking about – it’s America’s Deep South in the 1960s, when people were just waking up to the fact that smoking was bad for you and folk in Mississippi were getting all worked up about civil rights.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities The Sea Rises an engraving by Phiz“You are really reading Dickens for fun?” Someone in my Bible study group asked me this question as if I were bonkers. “Yes, of course I am, it’s my therapy,” I responded, although I doubt if she understood just how important reading books is for me. In her mind, books equate studying, but to me the opposite is true. I read because I want to hit the “Escape” button and enter a different, parallel universe.

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