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SF Said

SF Said, lovemybooks patron and author of Varjak Paw, The Outlaw Varjak Paw and Phoenix, tells us about the books which were significant to him as a child:

The first book I can remember reading is The Cat In The Hat.  I loved it; I wanted the cat to come to my house and smash everything up!  I think I was in love with books and sSF Saidtories from that moment.  Perhaps it’s no accident that my first book ended up being about a cat!

Watership Down was a life-changing book for me.  I read it at the age of 8.  I remember thinking it was the best book I’d ever read, and that one day, I wanted to write something even half as good.  I re-read it when I was 35, and thought it was even better!  It was amazing to see how deeply its mythology had shaped my own imagination.  Without Watership Down, I would never have written Varjak Paw  or Phoenix.

I believe there’s a book for everyone out there.  But it can be hard to find it, with over 10,000 children’s books published a year in the UK.  This is why a resource like lovemybooks is invaluable: because it is created and curated by specialists with huge experience in developing a love of books, and helping children become true lifelong readers.

If a child is going to become a reader for life and enjoy all the benefits that flow from lifelong reading, it’s vital for them to love their books and to feel a sense of ownership over them.  This means we need to give children choice and access to books they will really love.

Everything I think is important about lovemybooks is right there in its name!