31 May '12, 11am

Books are an escape to anywhere

Is there any point reading books? OK, don’t all shout at once and, please, just bear with me a minute. This is the time of year when all the newspapers – well, in the northern hemisphere – start printing their summer reading lists, those piles of books that are supposed to entertain you, inform you and get you set for the next six months. I’m a sucker for these lists and am equally seduced by a well-judged bookshop window display. Yes, I need a primer on Roman history, a slightly saucy romper and a killer thriller to get me through my poolside ardours. Load me up. Indeed over many summers my bookshelves have become crammed with suntan-oil-stained novels and they are now also arranged as tottering piles on the floor. I like books. Why, however, I am not so sure. Last week I was looking for something new to read having made a few unwise purchases at McNally Jackson i...

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