Photo grabbed from the article. ❝  I started writing again because I didn’t want to have a midlife crisis. I was pregnant and couldn...

I Didn't Want to Have a Midlife Crisis

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❝ I started writing again because I didn’t want to have a midlife crisis. I was pregnant and couldn’t work. I could have developed an obsession with gardening, got into pilates or had a midlife crisis. I considered all three, then decided to write.

Stories were a fun part of my childhood. We moved around a lot [Isla was born in Oman to Scottish parents, moving to Australia when she was six], so I hid in books. My grandmother was an avid reader and so was my mum.

Reading is the best kind of escapism. I think books take tiny people to places they can’t go – on a pirate ship, inside a peach, through a looking glass. They help children find quiet time, provoke thoughts and discussions, and educate them.

Winnie-the-Pooh is my favourite book character. He is adorable – a lovable idiot. I still laugh when I read his lines to my kids, no matter how many times I’ve heard them. A A Milne is one of my favourite children’s authors, along with Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Dr Seuss – the usual suspects. ❞

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