Review - Books - My life in books

26th November 2010 at 00:00

Kate Aspin is a former primary deputy head and now senior lecturer in primary education at Huddersfield University

What I'm reading

The Time Team Guide to the History of Britain

By Tim Taylor

In a parallel universe I am an archaeologist, poring over maps, covered in mud and discovering new sites of historical importance. I love watching Time Team and this book gives a useful snapshot of key historical periods. It offers information about each period, with illustrations of important artefacts and places to visit. It also links to Time Team programmes that represent each period. A good introduction to British history and its archaeology for anyone with a general interest in the subject.

The book I loved as a child

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

By CS Lewis

This was read to me by my primary teacher and I will never forget the feeling of amazement and terror created by Aslan's death. I can vividly recall my feelings of joy and confusion at his resurrection. It was the first time I ever got lost in a book.

As a primary teacher I loved reading Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. It deals with challenging issues in a compelling way, focusing on a child coping with war, separation, deprivation and death. The expressions on the faces of pupils when listening to Willie's rescue from the cellar will stay with me forever.

Read this before you die

Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Bronte

I read this as a confused teenager and still return to it now as it seems to alter to fit each stage of my life. As a teen it dealt with feelings of being an outsider; as a young adult it helped me deal with death, loss and love; as a teacher I could relate to Jane's career and the history of education, and as an adult the themes of love and friendship resonate strongly. The phrase: "Reader, I married him," still makes me smile.

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