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Where are the books in the English Public Library?

February 28, 2010

Staying with friends, I looked into the Public Library of Great Missenden, a well-to-do settlement on the outskirts of London, and was taken aback to note how few books there were.

Plenty of videos, dvds and magazines, but not many books to read. This strikes me as a supine surrender to a passing trend. Yes, people like visual information, but that is already available all over the place.

Please stiffen your spines, English. You are guardians of one of the world’s great languages. If Public Libraries are not where one finds books, where can one? And what future for any real English culture, if you abandon the written English word?

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