Susan Hill is a professional writer and the author of 38 books of both fiction and non-fiction. Early one summer afternoon, in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, she encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her own personal library – forsaking all new purchases – in order to get to know her collection again.
Wandering through her home that day, Susan Hill’s eyes were opened to the potential delights of retrospective reading. Considering everything from Macbeth to Virginia Woolf, Dickens to Roald Dahl, Susan Hill’s Howards End is on the Landing charts the journey of one of Britain’s most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.
In similar vein, the Room To Write and Read Reading Group exists to introduce the delights of retrospective reading and to celebrate the work of writers who may not currently be held in the esteem they deserve.
Books are everywhere; and always the same sense of adventure fills us
Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack. Besides, in this random, miscellaneous company we may rub against some complete stranger who will, with luck, turn into the best friend we have in the world.
Why not join us? I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.