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The power of celebrity inspires a love of reading

If we whet our children’s appetite for a topic, they will want to keep finding out more – much like a fan obsessed with a celebrity

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There’s a saying that “familiarity breeds contempt”. Fingers crossed, then, for marriages, parent-child relationships and the strength of your love for that really expensive Hoover you bought.

Yet the opposite seems true, for better or for worse, in celebrity culture. When we know a little bit about somebody famous, particularly if we share that fascination with friends or family, we seem to want to find out more. We pore over pictures of their familiar face and fabulous fashion choices, seeking ever more in-depth access to their world.

The old adage also doesn’t seem to hold true for ...

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