Phones let books boost our bedtimes

How much of your success was determined by hard work? Or was it luck? I’m sure you’re saying: “Yes, this was all down to my hard work.”

But I’d like to challenge that assumption. I’d like suggest that one of the reasons you’ve been successful is because of good fortune: the good fortune to have had a parent or someone close to you read to you as a child.

Being read to as a child meant that you began speaking at a younger age, were one of the first children of your age to begin to recognise letters and, when you started to read for yourself, you had the cognitive ability to process the words and make sense of what was otherwise a jumbled set of lines and squiggles on the page.

Read it at the M&G.

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