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From talking cats to time travel… here’s what I recommend you read this World Book Day

It’s World Book Day and what better way to celebrate than getting your specs on, a bookmark out and stuck into a novel you’ve never read before.

Dr Oli Tearle, Programme Director for English at Loughborough University and the man behind Interesting Literature (a blog that has more than 15 million views and 111k Twitter followers, including J. K. Rowling!), has shared his top five reads of all time in a bid to help those on the hunt for a good story.

Read the Loughborough News Blog piece here

Fun fact: Oli, who is also a published author, coined the word ‘bibliosmia‘ to describe the smell of old books.

Pictured is a cat reading.

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