I have always loved reading. I still remember my first library visit leaving Bolton Central Library clutching a book and feeling as if I was in possession of a beautiful, priceless treasure. The virtues of reading are plenty; reading educates, exercises brain muscles and expands vocabulary. That is why I am thrilled to be a Patron of Reading, where I get to champion my favourite pastime. For more information about this fantastic initiative and if you’d like to invite me to your school to speak about my work, books and anything else bibliographic, contact: http://www.patronofreading.co.uk/authors-available.