The writer, who has produced more than 100 books over a 35-year career, said that while children still have huge appetite for reading, thanks in part to encouragement from their schools, adults increasingly appear to prefer their smartphones.
“I find it sad that adults aren’t reading as much,” she told the BBC. “On the train 10 years ago people were reading books – I would love trying to work out what titles they were reading. “Now I’ll be the only person with a book on my lap and everyone else is glued to their smartphones or checking emails. Electronic life has wiped out books.”