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Books and life

It is with great joy that I share a Guest Post for this week’s Wednesday Wisdom. I met Harriet Allner @TheScribbleBug in my first teaching job at Haileybury. She was a feisty, determined, creative scribbler, in love with words and books – the best kind of student an English teacher could hope for.

Life and stories have brought us back together.

Below is one of Harri’s favourite quotations.

There are those who say that life is like a book, with chapters for each event in your life and a limited number of pages on which you can spend the time. But I prefer to think that a book is like a life, particularly a good one, which is well worth staying up all night to finish.

Lemony Snicket

Harri’s reflections:

Many writers forget that, yes, they are writing a book with chapters and plot curves and a beginning, a middle and an end – but what makes it a good book is the fact that they are writing about people, their characters and their lives.

He also wrote that: ‘When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down around you.’ Which is a wonderful thing in itself.

Thank you Harri, you are awesome – and so wise.

Happy scribbling!

Read Harri’s blog here.

Some beautiful flowers I came across on my daily writing walk.
Some beautiful flowers I came across on my daily writing walk.