Jane Davis

Stop What You're Doing And Read This!
  • Stop What You're Doing And Read This!

  • 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

Jane Davis lives in Surrey with her partner of 10 years. She has enjoyed writing as a hobby for a number of years while pursuing a successful career in insurance. Latterly, her hobby has increased in importance and she has now given up her full-time job to dedicate more time to it. Half-truths & White Lies is her first novel.

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