In (a) relation to books

12:54. My father was an ornithologist and he was only interested in nature, so we spent all our holidays camping or hiking in different parts of Europe, from Norway to the mountains of Austria. He had a lot of books about birds, which was nice. Why, since I had to spend so much time outdoors, I relied heavily on books to occupy myself. I mean, I didn’t mind watching birds and nature but after two or three hours I found it a bit repetitive, or I quickly lost interest. Books, however, are something that always kept me interested. When I read fiction, I am able to enter a world that is not mine; a world where I am confronted with other peoples’ lives. I want to be able to escape and forget about reality. When I dive into a reading, I don’t want to read about my own life – it’s not that interesting anyway! (She laughs)

(Anne heads the federation for European publishers based in Brussels, Belgium.)

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