Famous writers on libraries real or imagined, past and future; why libraries matter and to whom.
In aid of The Reading Agency
From Alan Bennett's Baffled at a Bookcase, to Lucy Mangan's Library Rules, famous writers tell us all about how libraries are used and why they're important. Tom Holland writes about libraries in the ancient world, while Seth Godin describes what a library will look like in the future. Lionel Shriver thinks books are the best investment, Hardeep Singh Kohli makes a confession and Julie Myerson remembers how her career began beside the shelves.
Using memoir, history, polemic and some short stories too, The Library Book celebrates 'that place where they lend you books for free' and the people who work there.
All royalties go to The Reading Agency, to help their work supporting libraries.
The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to inspire more people to read more. It specializes in helping libraries make more social impact through reading. It is funded by the Arts Council. www.readingagency.org.uk
'A library is not a luxury, it is a necessity', Henry Ward Beecher
'When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser', Keith Richards