SI­MON PARKER

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ed­u­ca­tion be­gan. I lis­tened to the ad­vice of Frank Zappa, when he said: “If you want to get laid, go to col­lege. If you want an ed­u­ca­tion, go to the li­brary.” Sadly, with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tions, col­lege was out of the ques­tion… so I headed to the li­brary.

I loved books and was for­tu­nate to grow up in a house with a lot of them. Dad in par­tic­u­lar (93 last week and still read­ing nov­els!) was self-taught – part of that wartime gen­er­a­tion with an ap­petite for bor­row­ing books and buy­ing in­ex­pen­sive pa­per­backs. Our place was

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