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Now book?

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.

Child­hood book?

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.

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