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Anthony Horowitz Criticises Government Young Offenders Policy

and berates the narrrowness of the school curriculum and its lack of room for reading for pleasure:

"Reading books doesn't make you a good person," he said. "But it does mean that you're in an environment that will let you discuss things. I believe that books do have a part to play in preventing criminality."

The author also said pupils did not have time to read away from the curriculum and that school libraries were under-resourced.

"There's no time to give children to read just for pleasure," Horowitz said.

"Reading not only to understand punctuation or what the writer is intending, but for the pleasure of the story is clearly important. But the curriculum doesn't allow for that."

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