The link may seem tenuous, but stick with me. This book review, for a novel by Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, is actually advocating for public libraries, and how they help shape lives and fullfill dreams. There’s an extract below, please click the link to read the full article.
Somewhere in your town, probably in a chilly corner of your library, if you are still lucky enough to have one, is a child. They are by themselves, bespectacled probably; not wearing the trendiest clothes. And they are reading and reading and filling their head with nothing else but books and words and new worlds. They have a dream; that one day books will be their life. It seems unlikely, but there it is. And it is wonderful.
*The description of the child as “bespectacled probably; not wearing the trendiest clothes” is an unhelpful stereotype at best, and in my opinion, the article would have been better without this sentence.