#Bookaday – 09 June 2014

My mum and dad used to be members of a mail-order book club. This probably explained the extraordinary volume of books in the house growing up, the sheer variety, and contributed in a large measure to my love of reading. It saddened me when teaching my year 11s that so few of them came from households were there were books readily available. I’m grateful to have grown up in a family where reading was encouraged, and reading was a behaviour modelled by my parents. I can’t remember there being many birthdays and Christmases when books weren’t amongst the gifts given.

I was going to select Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton as my film or TV tie-in, but then I remember that I first encountered it in the pages of the mail-order book club catalogue. I remember reading the description and being rather excited by the sound of it. I didn’t read the book until long after the film came out, but it came to mind when I first saw the movie poster.

There is one book however that stands out as having been purchased based on the film: Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally. Not a true tie-in (published in 1982, the film was released in 1993), nonetheless the edition I bought had been renamed Schindler’s List and the cover was the poster for the movie, and I read it because of the film.

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