Posted on Mar 7, 2019 in Editorial.
World Book Day is upon us, and we here at LifeBook couldn’t turn down a chance to don the garb of our favourite literary characters. Those currently working at home today we assume are suitably dressed.
Helping our authors to share their stories is what we do, but we love the work that www.worldbookday.com does to promote reading amongst young children. Do check out their website and grab some £1 book tokens to share some stories of your own!
Jack Sparrow’s first ship was The Barnacle – a battered fishing boat that he found on the Isle of Tortuga. A series of 13 books by Rob Kidd follow the teenage Jack’s adventures, long before he became a Pirate of the Caribbean and his beloved Black Pearl was taken from him by the mutinous Hector Barbossa.
(Clearly, I am Jacqueline Sparrow, his worldly-wise aunt who taught him the art of eyeliner.)
A Clockwork Orange’s protagonist, Alex, loves classical music (particularly Beethoven) and seems to enjoy creatively playing with language. That is where our similarities end! I will not be requiring any contraptions to keep my eyes open while I edit some wonderful LifeBooks today, and the staff ploughman’s lunch sounds much more enticing than the local milk bar.
My father-in-law’s nickname for me is Tom Bombadil for reasons unclear; I am not the master of wood, water and hill, and for rhyming speech I don’t have much of an ear. Tom first appeared in Tolkien’s poem The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, as well as in The Lord of the Rings. Although Tom can’t be seen as integral to the plot of the book (aside from assisting Frodo and his companions as they travel through the Old Forest), Tolkien does suggest that Tom could be the eldest living being in Middle-Earth. Now that would be quite the LifeBook …
There is a connection between author Lewis Carroll and our area: Mr Carroll (aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) is not only buried in Mount Cemetery, Guildford, but also spent lots of time visiting Guildford throughout his life, as some of his family lived here. There is even a statue of Alice and the White Rabbit commemorating the connection, just a few miles from the LifeBook office.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my all-time favourite reads, with such a wealth of marvellous characters! I chose Alice as she is curious, courageous and kind: qualities that I aspire to have.