When do books have any deep influence on our lives…?

“Perhaps it is only in childhood that books have any deep influence on our lives… in childhood all books are books of divination, telling us about the future, and like the fortune-teller who sees a long journey in the cards or death by water, they influence the future…” ~ Graham Greene (from his The Lost Childhood and Other Essays)

Ref: quoted p.27 in Jim Trelease (c1984) The Read-aloud Handbook. PenguinBooks: Hammondsworth, Middlesex.

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About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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