From the North-West Evening Mail
As part of their #LoveToRead campaign the BBC visited the Lake District to explore the landscape that has provided inspiration for some of the best-loved children’s authors of all time. Gabrielle Rowley caught up with TV presenter Simon O’Brien to find out more about the Books That Made Britain documentary.
There are so many wonderful things about technology. Every day I am glad to have my phone and iPad, whether it’s for checking the latest news stories or having a nosy at what’s trending on Twitter and Instagram. It is also super useful for travelling and finding the best restaurants and sights to see on TripAdvisor.
However, one thing that I don’t like about technology is the temptation to watch an episode of something mindless on the Netflix or ITV Player apps instead of sitting down and reading a book. I am an avid reader and I think that my love for books definitely started in my early childhood with stories like The Magic Faraway Tree, The Hobbit and later Harry Potter.
Liverpool-born actor and TV presenter Simon O’Brien feels exactly the same. Simon journeyed to the Lake District to sail across Coniston to uncover the enduring appeal of Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransom and visit the house of Beatrix Potter. He said: “I have been really passionate about this project because I think that reading is so important…”