Plus I’ll discuss the question everyone seems to be asking at the moment – have our kids forgotten how to read ‘properly’?
Listen to Season 1, Episode 2
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How to Be Perfect, by Holly Wainwright
All Among the Barley, by Melissa Harrison
With gorgeous writing and a strong sense of place it’s a really lovely to read. And so well written you almost don’t care what it’s about!
What I eventually realised is that All Among the Barley is, in fact, two stories in parallel – the main story that 14-year-old bookworm Edie records in first person of her life on the land; and the story that Constance – an outsider – is writing about what she perceives life on the land to be about.
In the same way their stories are sometimes hard to identify, the story in this book takes a long time to find. Though the beautiful writing makes it a very pleasant wait.
Here’s a taster from Edie, talking about her love of books:
I read The Midnight Folk and spent my days pretending to be Kay Harker and embarking on imaginary adventures involving knights, smugglers and highwaymen, Rollicum Bitem Lightfoot the fox and a coven of witches so terrifying I eventually wrapped the book in a feed-sack and buried it under the dung-heap in case they should burst from its pages and carry me away, so consuming had my enthusiasm become.
Speculating on Speculative Fiction: The Time Traveler’s Wife
This week we’re travelling back to 2003 to revisit The Time Traveller’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger.
Have our kids forgotten how to read properly?
Did they every really know? Apparently skim reading is the new normal. In the podcast I’m asking whether this is really a problem? Neuroscience says it is – it affects proper development of empathy and critical reasoning skills. Find out more in Maryanne Wolf’s article for The Guardian: Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound.
Disclosure: I received copies of How To Be Perfect and All Among the Barley from the publishers for the purpose of review. This post contains affiliate links.