So tonight – 5 March – is World Book Night. Interesting idea, as I am one of the million people who have been given a book to ‘read, enjoy and then share’. Mine is one of 25 titles which have been printed and distributed. There are 25 titles being given away but the one I have, Case Histories by Kate Atkinson, is set in Cambridge (UK) during an unusually long hot summer. It was the setting that drew me to it as I experienced a sweltering Cambrige summer in 1982. The book opens to decribe a sad and unhappy marriage in which professors of mathmatics get a rather ‘poor press’.
I knew nothing of the autors Kate Atkinson but tinterweb tells me several times that she graduated a year before me, was born in New York, now lives in Edinburgh. I have yet to discover whether she actualy passesd a sweltering summer in Cambridge herself, or indeed whether she actually ever met a maths professor as cold and distant as the one she introduces on page 18 when she descibes how at 36 he married a woman of 18!
I am now at page 28 – so some way to go! I hope we are not supposed to sit up all night reading on World Book Night!