SINGERSONGWRITER: JIMMY BARNES
At the moment I am reading Apollo 11 by David Whitehouse. It is of course the detailed story of the build-up to the Apollo 11 moon landing. This event was something that has interested me, and millions of other like me, since I was a child. I guess it showed how far we’d come and also how far we had to travel, both literally and metaphorically. The human race is all still on that journey and we have a lot of work to do if we want to keep moving forward. At times ti s it feels like we are standing still or worse, moving backwards.
Treasure Island jumps out at me. As a young boy I used to want to escape from my reality because it wasn’t that nice for many reasons. So the idea of running away on an adventure across the sea appealed to me. I have always been drawn to the sea. It was where I would run to escape the pressures of life — I don’t think I was alone. Millions of kids like me read this book and fantasised about pirates and desert islands.