Support our Libraries – Rosie Clarke
My love of reading was nurtured from an early age by our local libraries. Some of the books I read in childhood were gifts, some were read in school but most came from the library. I loved all the Enid Blyton Faraway books and the Wishing Chair, also the adventures of the Famous Five, but from the age of around eight/nine I graduated to fables, Arthur and the Round table and many others of the same mythical format, including translations of Greek and Roman stories. The library suited my eclectic tastes, because one week I was reading fables and the next I wanted Ethel M Dell and Barbara Cartland’s romances.
They used to lend me up to four books at a time and I would get through those quickly and be back for more. It was natural for me to visit my library twice a week and bring back new books and the old ones were always read. I think we had so much time for reading in those days. We didn’t have TV and although we loved listening to Journey into Space and Dick Barton on the radio, reading was our biggest source of entertainment. The cinema was a treat and we were taken there most weeks but during the long winter evenings and weekends, books were what you lived for in our house. We all read, Mum, Dad and me – my sister not so much then. She was often out with friends.
These days the library is able to supply not only books you read but books you listen to as well. What a treat that would have been to us when I was growing up as my mother listened to every play on the radio and would I think have loved the audio books now available through Ulverscroft and others – especially if they’d been written by her daughter. Mum, being an English teacher, was very critical of my grammar, spelling and punctuation when I first started writing but some good editors have put that right for me!
I think we should all be so much poorer without our marvellous libraries and I am proud that my books are normally included in those fortunate authors who reach the top band of library rights, which means lots of people enjoy them. So rewarding to know that and I hope they will long continue to bring pleasure to many.
Rosie Clarke. Author of the Best Selling Mulberry Lane and the Shop Girls of Harpers series as well as many I wrote as Anne Herries, Linda Sole and Cathy Sharp. I write for Boldwood publishers these days and am now working on Harpers number 5!
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