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Coming Up... on Lebrecht Live, BBC Radio 3
Sunday 27 February 2005 17:45
Norman Lebrecht debates another cultural issue with guests in the studio and around the world. Why are we all reading children's books? Are we becoming willingly infantilised?


An invitation to respond:

At a time when fiction is flourishing as never before and new writers are breaking left and right, more and more adults are turning to children's literature for relaxation and their commuter read. Harry Potter apart, the works of Philip Pullman, Mark Haddon, Jacqueline Wilson and others are selling in multi-millions - and more grown-ups are reading them than kids.

So what's going on? Are we as readers retreating into childhood fantasy? Are
we becoming willingly infantilised? Do children's books offer a purer form
of escapism than adults'? Or are we so bored with repetitive descriptions of
sexual calisthenics and relationship difficulties that we turn to children's
writers for an honest, untainted view of the world?

Your thoughts please to lebrecht.live@bbc.co.uk and listen in on Sunday February
27 at 1745 (UK time) on BBC Radio 3


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