At 10, in primary school, in the days when there were men teachers, our teacher read "The Hobbit" to us on Friday afternoons. In the days before targets, outcomes and ob
jectives when teachers were allowed to indulge their interests. I already had a love for reading, it helps in an abusive childhood, that escape, but I became inspired with reading and learning. I pestered my mum for the book and she secreted away money to buy it. It took me to the library searching out Tolkein. I had read the Lord of the Rings by 11. A lifelong love affair with great writing had begun.