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The simple book will always have a place on our shelves and in our hearts, but e-readers will make sure that novels never go unread

26th February, 2011
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My love affair with books started at the age of six, when my mother came home from a mysterious assignation in town one afternoon and solemnly presented my older brother and me with two slim packages.

I ripped open the brown paper and found Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven Win Through inside; my brother got Go Ahead Secret Seven.

Inside the front cover, my mum had written a note congratulating me on my ‘‘first...

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