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Editor’s comment: Books are just so important in our lives

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 September 2018

Great British Bake Off's Candice Brown will be the star atttraction of the Havering Literary Festival. Photo: PA

Great British Bake Off's Candice Brown will be the star atttraction of the Havering Literary Festival. Photo: PA

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Book lovers will be excited by news that Havering is to have its first literary festival in November

Events kick off at Hornchurch Library with a talk by Elly Griffiths whose Norfolk-set mysteries featuring archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway have whiled away many a chilly evening for me.

Others lined up for talks include Jeffrey Archer, best-selling crime novelist Mark Billingham, Bake Off winner Candice Brown, former West Ham footballers Tony Cottee and Tony Gale, TV historian Dan Cruickshank, TV art expert Andrew Graham-Dixon and Havering’s local history librarian Simon Donoghue.

The events will be held in various venues around the borough and look set to be hugely popular.

It is a great way to find out more about some of your favourite writers.

It is impressive that Havering can attract such big names. Let’s hope this becomes an annual event.

Books are so important in our lives, they teach us so much, open our minds to different ideas, help us to understand other cultures and entertain in a way that TV just cannot do.

They exercise our imagination and are the perfect portable entertainment. You can carry most in your pocket or handbag, and read a couple of chapters on the bus or while waiting for an appointment.

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