The Pleasure of Reading, Rediscovered

Christmas Critics

One of the frustrations of academic research is that the distinction between reading for work and reading for leisure becomes blurred. This year, having finished a major research project, I decided that I would rediscover the pleasure of reading as an end in itself, and maybe even recapture that blissful childhood experience of burrowing into a corner with a book and losing myself for hours on end.

Our modern combination of excessive work and commodified leisure is one of the themes...

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About the Author

Tina Beattie is professor of Catholic studies at Roehampton University in London.

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