The twenty-fifth of February, 2011: “Books. I read Heidi.”

I was pointed in the direction of this article, but I’m not allowed to read it for free. Happily, Frank Cottrell Boyce has read it for me. Key point:

Unesco, the United Nations educational and cultural arm, has produced a report which shows that reading for pleasure is the single best indicator of social mobility. People who can lose themselves in a book do better than those who can’t. Simple as that.

Apologies, incidentally, for plugging a Murdoch publication. By way of redress, watch this, consider this, rest a nice cup of tea upon this, read this, or browse this.

EDIT: also, read this – the Guardian’s Michael White managing, as so often, to preserve an air of cool detachment even while dishing out a good kicking.

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