In her comment following my earlier post about Jennie’s ‘Desert Island MP3s’ game, Digital Dame seemed a bit miffed that the potential castaway was allowed to choose only one book. So I had better reassure her that we are all merely reflecting the BBC’s rules as applied in their Sunday morning ‘Desert Island Discs’ programme, where books are a very minor consideration – which is fair enough in the context of the programme.
Books are by no means a minor consideration to our family. Indeed they occupy such a large space in our lives that if we buy many more of them we will all be living in a tent on the back lawn while the books occupy both our house and Jennie’s flat! A few of my wife’s library of well over 2,000 volumes are shown in the picture above where the shelves are double-stacked – there are more books behind the ones you can see and still more in the boxes above and yet more in other shelf units elsewhere. Jennie caught the book collecting bug early and has a pretty good collection, so good in fact that her flat is full and they overflow into my “study”, where I keep my more modest collection.
Where would we be without books? It is sad to come across any household, especially one containing children, where there appears to be little or no interest in books. I have never forgotten a remark by a worker in a firm in which I worked many years ago. He said “I don’t hold with book-learning. Books are not for the likes of us”. This was thirty years ago but the attitude survives to a greater or lesser extent today.