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National Book Lover's Day

On the 9th of August, book lovers around the world will come together to put away their smart phones and celebrate their love for literature. Here at VOICE, we want to be a part of this.

Storytelling is part of our human nature and gets passed down from one generation to another. The stories your great grandparents once told their children could be the very same story your own grand children will be told. Reading and story telling connects all generations across the world. And not only that, but studies have shown that reading can slow down cognitive decline in later life.

We’re asking you to share with us the book which left an impact or a lasting impression on you. This could include your outlooks on life, the way you view different relationships, or perhaps something which really empowered you.

For example, “The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, makes you think about how all the small choices you make can have a big impact on your future. However, it’s important for us to realise that you can spend all your time thinking “what if?”, when it’s more important to focus on the positives of what you have now rather than living with regrets of the past.

We are asking you to be involved by answering the following questions:

  • What is the title of your chosen book?
  • Who is the author of your chosen book?
  • Is there a key quote you would like to share from your chosen book?
  • Why was this book important to you?
  • What was your key take away from this book?

Please also include your name, age and location.

Please note this information will be shared on our social media pages and will be connected to a blog on the VOICE platform. Please let us know if you would prefer for this information not to be shared.

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“Five Quarters of the Orange” by Joanne Harris. I love her magical and sensual style of writing and this same style of storytelling around something as horrific as Nazi occupation is captivating. You are drawn into the tale to find out why “five quarters” “It's never too late to come home," he said, and pulled me gently, insistently toward him."All you have to do...is stop moving away.” What a great reminder that family is always there for you. ...

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The book which inspired me was a small red book entitled " Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark-a play by Shakespeare". I got this from the library at the age of ten years old. I think I had heard the play on the radio and was keen to read the words. This lead to my mother buying me "The Works of Shakespeare" for my 11th birthday. This book I treasure and the words within it have helped me on many many occasions for sixty years and more.

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The most magical opening lines ever written and the ending is almost just as special. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. Sounds familiar! Just like today....

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What is the title of your chosen book - Extra Time Who is the author of your chosen book - Camilla Cavendish Is there a key quote you would like to share from your chosen book - There is everything still to play for. Why was this book important to you - I learned that there was no need to retire. What was your key take away from this book - I could fight like Emile Ratelband and win.

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By the time I was 75 I had written three books and more articles than I could remember. All were non-fiction. It was time I gave my imagination airing, much as one might take a new-bought puppy for a walk. I had some ideas, but lacked a sense of direction. Then I came across "The Art of Fiction", by David Lodge. The book did not offer instruction; it offered possibilities. The puppy could see the prospect of some adventurous walks.

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