We all have books with a special place in our hearts, for reasons more than the words written in them. Perhaps they changed the way we think about the world, are attached to happy memories or got us through a difficult time in our lives. In this new feature, I will be sharing my own ‘Stories Beyond Books’ and it would be wonderful if you could share yours too!
My first story is associated with a treasured book from my childhood: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Book 1).
Synopsis: Wolf Brother is set in the Stone Age and follows the friendship of a young boy Torak with an abandoned wolf cub. United in their quest against evil, this unlikely duo must brave all the dangers of man and nature if they are to prevent the destruction of the world as they know it. Michelle Paver defies the boundaries of genre with this series; fantasy, action and historical fiction all intertwine to form a delightfully unique adventure story.
There’s a photograph in my family albums of me as a child sitting in a restaurant in Menorca, reading Wolf Brother with a hypnotised look and my tongue sticking out in concentration! Apparently, my parents used to let me take a book when we went for meals out on holiday, to keep me on my best behaviour. I remember it as one of the first completely immersive, imaginative experiences I had when reading – no matter how busy the restaurant or how loud the clientele, I was riveted.
I think I already enjoyed books by this point, but Wolf Brother seems to have marked a move into passion and addiction. Whenever I could, I would steal five more minutes to depart from reality and sink into this rich, indulgent fantasy world.
I became affectionately known by restaurant staff as ‘the book girl’, a new part of my identity that has never left since. It was also my first series addiction. I spent about five years constantly asking for the next instalment for birthday or Christmas presents – something else that hasn’t changed a bit!
Cover image courtesy of Goodreads.
What is your childhood Story Beyond Books? Please do let me know in the comments; I am looking forward to reading them!
Look out for Part 2 next week – Stories Beyond Books: Adolescence.