Let the Government stop thinking of reading and books as part of "education", and more as part of a healthy existence. If they can set a target of five fruit and vegetables a day for the adult population, why can't they set a target of 20 books a year? Why shouldn't the GP, faced with an aimless, purposeless, depressed patient, not inquire "Are you reading enough?" just as they might say "Are you eating sensibly?"
Fifty books a year while in education; 20 a year throughout adult life. That might turn our lives around.
--Philip Hensher, Fifty books a year is ideal, but why stop at school children?
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