‘There was always more to marvel at. The creation of emotion. The uncanny beauty of a phrase upon the page. The places you went that you might never have expected to go.’
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‘I feared these books would be dull, staid and part of the establishment that I was so busy rebelling against; and then I read Wuthering Heights.’
‘It’s a habit I don’t have; re-reading. It’s simply too risky. It’s not the text you remember differently, but the person you were.’
Katharine McMahon celebrates the role that public libraries have played in her life, from her earliest discovery of the magic of books as a child, to her later career as a writer.