Stop What You're Doing and Read This!, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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?

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 an overcrowded daily life.

Reading provides a unique kind of pleasure and no-one should live without it.

In the ten essays in this book some of our finest authors and passionate advocates from the worlds of science, publishing, technology and social enterprise 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 - make books one of them. Carmen Callil, Tim Parks, Nicholas Carr, Michael Rosen, Jane Davis, Zadie Smith, Mark Haddon, Jeanette Winterson, Blake Morrison, Dr Maryanne Wolf & Dr Mirit Barzillai.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780099565949



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A good selection of essays generally propounding the benefits of literacy and libraries. The best were the essays that were not trying to be polemic, but put across the author's experience especially the Zadie Smith, Mark Rosen and Mark Haddon essays, which were excellent (they usually used a story to tell their story).The Jeanette Winterson essay was good, but having read quite a few of her essays, there was nothing new in it. The final essay by Dr Maryanne Wolf & Dr Mirit Barzillai was interesting but academic and whilst you understood why it was there in terms of the overarching argument put forward by the book, it was out of place as an essay.

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This is an interesting short read if you are a passionate reader. However I suspect that the people it is aimed at would never touch it. It is preaching to the converted.But if you want to remember that you are not crazy for loving books and libraries, then pick it up.