Life without books is hell!


Book, beer, bag, beach… doesn’t get much better than this!

Folks, to me hell is a place without a single book in it. Pretty much like the situation you find in most people’s homes today.

I couldn’t imagine my life without several books being close to hand. In fact, I once got stuck in a lift for several hours and nearly went out of my mind. When the door was finally levered open I fell through the gap gabbling, “A book! A magazine! A shopping catalogue! Anything!”

Honestly, I was so desperate I’d have read a HR policy document; twice.

Much later, when I discovered books could be loaded into my mobile phone it took ages to wipe the smile off my dial. I would never have to suffer having to listen to my own thoughts ever again, unless my phone battery went flat.

Today, for all the hand-wringing about the death of the written word, books remain extremely popular.

Because books are survivors, they’ve always been at the cutting edge of technological change. Whether they were etched on clay tablets, vellum, papyrus or rice paper, information, stories and fables have been captured for the ages on a variety of media by devoted scribblers. Although a library full of yarns scratched onto rolled up calf and sheep skins would be a bit on the nose.

When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press back in the fifteenth century it revolutionised the publishing world overnight. Good ol’ Jo bought books to the common man and put quite a lot of not so common men out of work overnight, aka: monks.

Hopefully some of them got jobs as printers or librarians.

Even now, in these enlightened times, in spite of movies, TV and social media, books continue to morph into e-yarns or podcasts.

In fact, there are so many books nowadays I find if I’m not immediately engrossed by the end of the second paragraph of the first chapter, then I’ll toss it over my shoulder (metaphorically if it’s on my phone) and start a new one.

Life really is too short to read a bad book. Unless you’re stuck in a lift.

About Greg Bray

Greg Bray didn't come from Gladstone, and moved away from the place forever in his twenties then came back and settled down. He is occasionally surprised to discover he's over 50, still enjoying riding his battery powered pushbike 'Pubtruck III' and getting a buzz from writing and publishing blog posts. He is a huge fan of Bill Bryson, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Tolkien, Alain de Botton and countless other writers who have made him chuckle (or think) over the years (although he does feel a bit guilty for owning a couple of Jeremy Clarkson books). One day he hopes to bring joy to others through his own scribblings.
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1 Response to Life without books is hell!

  1. Yes, we love a good story. It’s in our DNA! Glad the holiday is going well 😉

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