The Reader Organisation has joined forces with Chatto & Windus to publish A Little, Aloud, a selection of the very best prose and poetry especially chosen for reading aloud – to your husband or wife, a sick parent or child, an elderly relative, to someone who finds it hard to concentrate for long or simply someone who will enjoy being read to. Through our work, we are discovering that reading aloud brings remarkable health and happiness benefits: it stimulates thought and memory, encourages the sharing of ideas and feelings, hopes and fears – enriching our lives and minds.
Angela Macmillan’s wonderful collection has something for everyone – from Shakespeare, Dickens, George Eliot and the Brontës, to Chekhov, Seamus Heaney, Doris Lessing, Elizabeth Jennings, Saki, Anna Sewell and more – all tried and tested by us, and with lively reading notes and ideas based on actual discussions from our ‘Get Into Reading’ groups.
All royalties in full go to The Reader Organisation.
“Reading aloud is an activity that everyone can take part in. It sharpens the intellect, invigorates the imagination and enlarges the scope of human sympathy. If we all read aloud every day, the world would be a better place.” Philip Pullman
“I think this book is an incredible invention, and like all great inventions, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.’’ Maureen Lipman
“I read to stroke victims so know first-hand the power of good that reading aloud can do. This first-rate collection is a real treasure trove and I can’t recommend it highly enough.” Richard Briers
“Being read to is the beguiling beginning of learning to love reading – it opens the door to absolutely everything and anything we might want to do in life.”
“A Little, Aloud is wonderful – a luscious, challenging enticement to read and hear and share the love of doing both.” Howard Jacobson
“Reading aloud is pleasure. Pure pleasure.” Stephen Fry
A perfect gift for Christmas – for you, or those you care for – buy here.
WATERSTONE’S LIVERPOOL ONE
Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 6:00 PM
Join The Reader Organisation and some special guests in a evening of readings and discussions about reading aloud for health and wellbeing to launch A Little, Aloud in its home town.
WATERSTONE’S PICCADILLY, LONDON
Monday, 4 October 2010, 6:30PM
An evening of readings and discussions about reading aloud for health and well-being to launch A Little, Aloud, with special guests Joanna Trollope, Blake Morrison and Richard Briers.
Further details: call 020 7851 2400 (tickets £3 (redeemable against purchase of the book on the night)
Angela Macmillan is co-editor of The Reader magazine, published quarterly.