#66 In love with books – Margaret von Klemperer

April 29, 2011 in Sonder kategorie

What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen?
It’s difficult to answer this, because I can’t really remember not being in love with books. I suppose it goes back to listening to Children’s Hour in Britain when I was about 5 – I could already read, as I had learned by watching my older brother do his reading when he came home from school, though as I sat at the other side of the table, I was better at reading upside down. They broadcast The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and when it ended I cried and cried, and told my mother I had to have the book. She  suggested that I might find it hard going at that stage, but eventually she gave in. And I never looked back. I still have that old copy.

What’s your favourite line from a book, play or poem?

A favourite line from a book is also hard – there are so many. But maybe it’s the opening line of LP Hartley’s The Go-Between: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” It seems to encapsulate so many of the possibilities that books offer.


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