We are all readers: sailors on the vast seas of literature; actors, dreamers, creators. We are the invisible characters in all the books that have ever been written. We read not to escape the world, but to submerge ourselves in it. Reading changes us, entertains us, informs us, does something with us and to us that makes our lives better. Every great book that has changed the world has done so because it changed readers like you and me.

Reading Lives celebrates the impact of reading on people’s lives. Wherever we go, we like to interview readers and tell their stories.

These are some of the amazing stories people have shared with us.

Bianca Winter

Lucy Yates

Ann Browne

Peggy Hughes

Casi Dylan

Cathy Rentzenbrink