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Driven to distraction

8 September 2009

I love books. I can never pass a second-hand bookshop without emerging with an armful of them. I am the darling of mail order book companies. There are stacks of them in every corner and crevice in our house, but there is never enough time to read them all. Nonetheless, for three years of my life all that changed and I was able to rattle off the plots of books written by authors I had heard of, whose books I had thumbed on bookshelves and even bought – but which had remained unread.

For those three years I drove 104 miles every day (well, if you want to be nerdish it was 104.6 miles) on the round trip to work on the other side of Norfolk. To survive the boredom of those journeys, I turned to talking books on CD. In nearly 24 hours of driving time a week I was able to absorb scores of books, some of which were so gripping that they made me late for work – the tense plot unravelled before I could pull myself away from the car and do a spot of work. No wonder my former partn...

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