“She’d never spent entire days lying on her bed reading, entire nights making up complicated stories in her head. She’d not dreamed of willing herself into Anne of Green Gables and Jane Eyre so that she might have real friends, friends who understood her thorny desires and dreams. How could she spend her days—her life—ushering books into publication but not love them in the way that I did, the way that they needed to be loved?” 
― Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year. 

“She’d never spent entire days lying on her bed reading, entire nights making up complicated stories in her head. She’d not dreamed of willing herself into Anne of Green Gables and Jane Eyre so that she might have real friends, friends who understood her thorny desires and dreams. How could she spend her days—her life—ushering books into publication but not love them in the way that I did, the way that they needed to be loved?” 


― Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year

“I subscribe to the online urban dictionary’s definition of nerd – “one whose IQ exceeds his weight”. I’m also keen on the same urban dictionary’s definition of geek – “the person you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult”. I happily proclaim myself a book nerd/reading geek and proud of it.” 
- Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman in The Guardian, July 2014

I subscribe to the online urban dictionary’s definition of nerd – “one whose IQ exceeds his weight”. I’m also keen on the same urban dictionary’s definition of geek – “the person you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult”. I happily proclaim myself a book nerd/reading geek and proud of it.” 

- Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman in The Guardian, July 2014

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s only novel, was published 54 years ago. The Pulitzer Prize winner is considered to be one of the most perfect novels ever written. She was a great friend of novelist, Truman Capote and was the assistant researcher for his true crime classic, In Cold Blood.  

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” 
 Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s only novel, was published 54 years ago. The Pulitzer Prize winner is considered to be one of the most perfect novels ever written. She was a great friend of novelist, Truman Capote and was the assistant researcher for his true crime classic, In Cold Blood.  

“Being a woman is worse than being a farmer there is so much harvesting and crop spraying to be done: legs to be waxed, underarms shaved, eyebrows plucked, feet pumiced, skin exfoliated and moisturised, spots cleansed, roots dyed, eyelashes tinted, nails filed, cellulite massaged, stomach muscles exercised.The whole performance is so highly tuned you only need to neglect it for a few days for the whole thing to go to seed. Sometimes I wonder what I would be like if left to revert to nature — with a full beard and handlebar moustache on each shin Dennis Healey eyebrows face a graveyard of dead skin cells spots erupting long curly fingernails like Struwelpeter blind as bat and stupid runt of species as no contact lenses flabby body flobbering around. Ugh ugh. Is it any wonder girls have no confidence?” ― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary
To read the latest installment in Ms Jones’s life, Bridget Jones: Mad about The Boy is now out in paperback. 

“Being a woman is worse than being a farmer there is so much harvesting and crop spraying to be done: legs to be waxed, underarms shaved, eyebrows plucked, feet pumiced, skin exfoliated and moisturised, spots cleansed, roots dyed, eyelashes tinted, nails filed, cellulite massaged, stomach muscles exercised.

The whole performance is so highly tuned you only need to neglect it for a few days for the whole thing to go to seed. Sometimes I wonder what I would be like if left to revert to nature — with a full beard and handlebar moustache on each shin Dennis Healey eyebrows face a graveyard of dead skin cells spots erupting long curly fingernails like Struwelpeter blind as bat and stupid runt of species as no contact lenses flabby body flobbering around. Ugh ugh. Is it any wonder girls have no confidence?” 
― Helen FieldingBridget Jones’s Diary

To read the latest installment in Ms Jones’s life, Bridget Jones: Mad about The Boy is now out in paperback.