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Humane, humorous and deeply felt, this is a unique book about reading.
The Rights of the Reader, which has sold over a million copies in France, grew from celebrated French writer Daniel Pennac's experiences of teaching in "challenging" schools. Central to the book is his belief that readers have rights: to read what, how, where and when they want, and – if they choose – the right NOT to read. This fresh new translation combines the talents of award-winning translator Sarah Adams and renowned artist Quentin Blake, who illustrates and introduces the work.
Daniel Pennac is one of the most translated authors in France, with books including Dog and Eye of the Wolf appearing in more than thirty languages worldwide. Sarah Adams is an award-winning translator, winning the Marsh Award for Translation in 2005 for Eye of the Wolf. Quentin Blake is one of the best known children's author/illustrators, illustrating books by Roald Dahl, John Yeoman and Michael Rosen.
A refreshing and inspirational book that should never go out of print. * National Literacy Trust * A wonderfully economical and witty exploration of why we read and why we don't. -- Josh Lacey * The Guardian *