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I got my very own library card when I was about 10 years old. It felt like someone had just shown me the wardrobe to my very own Narnia.  Not only could I visit the library alone which meant my parents couldn’t censor my reading choices (hooray!), but I began to experiment, moving away from the safe Nancy Drew literature that had been satisfying my reading appetite, to find real worlds that burst with amazing colour, intrigue, horror, love, power and strength.

I got my very own library card when I was about 10 years old. It felt like someone had just shown me the wardrobe to my very own Narnia.  Not only could I visit the library alone which meant my parents couldn’t censor my reading choices (hooray!), but I began to experiment, moving away from the safe Nancy Drew literature that had been satisfying my reading appetite, to find real worlds that burst with amazing colour, intrigue, horror, love, power and strength.

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The first book I took out was Anne Frank’s Diary which sparked a fascination with human behaviour that I have never able to shift. It’s only on reflection now that I realise that this began the journey to where I am today. In school I couldn’t get enough of the ideas and the cultures I learnt about in Sociology; at University I sat for hours in my anthropology and history lectures fascinated by the development of those cultures and behaviours and now I spend my days working on projects and new models that will help us understand each other and the world we live in even more. It’s been quite a journey and one I have enjoyed recalling over my Sunday breakfast.

For me that library card was the key to my Narnia.  What was yours?

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