Books are your friends, everyday.

Reading is one of the simplest ways to discover or empathise with another person; a way of being alone with them when they are alone.

It is also a way of taking time off from your own preoccupations, and entering another mind, another world. Once you have experienced this, it is almost like making a friend, someone who you will never forget.

Joan Aiken wrote about this discovery as she made it for herself as a child:


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And the same goes for grown-ups too! As she wrote in a piece for International Children’s Book Day fifty years ago:  “If every single person in the world had a book – just one book  – and they’d have to be able to read it of course – we’d have a lot less trouble.”

PS. Rather nice to know that for Joan it was a comfort to know that Wednesday followed Thursday…only in her world!


From the website –  A letter from Joan to all her fellow ‘Readers’


2 thoughts on “Books are your friends, everyday.

  1. I’m sure that there are plenty more people that feel the same way about books than we suspect — or is this a mighty big wish?

    I note that the Edith Nesbit Society has a booklet for sale at £1.00 called In Celebration of E. Nesbit — though they slightly spoil the effect by listing the author on their webpage as “Joan Aitken”. You can get it (as I hope to soon) via
    You of course have reminded me, Lizza, that Edith was one of Joan’s favourite authors, no doubt numbered among those “particularly craved” volumes.

    • Thanks for this tip – I’m wondering which piece it might be? Joan wrote a few Nesbit introductions and articles, if you get a copy do tell? Have still to get down to my own Aiken Nesbit piece..distracted by Spring!

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