Last night was World Book Night. Any event whose motto is "everything changes when you read" is always going to be worthwhile, but this year was better than usual.
The speaker at my nearest event was author Suzanne Egerton whose first novel Out Late With Friends And Regrets is highly recommended.
I met Suzanne many years ago when I did my first creative writing course. She was working on a first iteration of OLWFAR and I was also writing a block-busting best-seller. Only Suzanne's is all published and proper now while mine's still only a quarter of the way through...
Suzanne's book is bursting with fully-formed characters that leap off the page and into your head. It's a cracking story. What I really love about it is its theme of late development - the idea that it's never too late to for another chance, another go at being a more authentic version of yourself.