One of the top tips the publishing industry always gives aspiring writers is ‘if you want to write, you have to read’. It seems obvious but it’s very good advice – the more you read, the more you get a feel for what you like and don’t like, for what works and doesn’t work, and the better-informed and better-honed your own writing becomes. So I’ve decided to write some posts about books that I’ve read, to shed some light on my own interests and influences.
And I really don’t think I could start anywhere else but with Harry Potter.
A lazy choice, you might say. Too populist, too predictable. Why didn’t I pick something with a bit more depth, a real classic? Well, all I can say is that Continue reading