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A reading retreat


The Daily Telegraph writes about a reading retreat – a lovely place on the Suffolk coast where you go to do nothing but read.

That evening, I retreated to the little library area on the landing to examine my pile of prescribed books. It’s an intriguing collection, ranging from a biography of the intrepid travel writer Freya Stark to a poetic Japanese love story. I reached for one called The Glass Room by Simon Mawer. It’s a novel about a young Czech couple in the Thirties who decide to build a house made of glass and steel. It asks questions about how architecture can change or improve us, and seemed an apt choice for this holiday.

The next morning I awoke early to hear waves thundering onto the shingle and rain lashing against the windows. Perfect weather for a reading retreat. I climbed back under the duvet and spent the morning in bed reading, something I hadn’t done since my daughter was born almost two years ago.

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Richard Davies