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Time out from the real world, in endless vistas of imaginatio­n and wonder. When you read, you meet the author halfway and create the world together, in your mind. This isn’t the same with TV or film, where you passively wait for the creator to push the whole story into your head. This makes reading a richer experience.

THOMAS Taylor trained as an illustrato­r, and his first profession­al piece of work was the cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosophe­r’s Stone. Thomas now lives beside the sea, which has inspired him to write his award-winning novel Malamander, about the legends of a strange little seaside town, and its sequel, Gargantis. Thomas told us what the best thing about reading is:

TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW, VISIT WORDSFORLI­FE.ORG.UK/AUTHOR-INTERVIEWS

FOR BOOK RECOMMENDA­TIONS, ACTIVITIES AND GAMES, GO TO WORDSFORLI­FE.ORG.UK

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