Ever since I was a toddler I have never enjoyed reading books apart from when I choose them. My mum and I used to go down to Carshalton library and choose a book to read together. I always chose the books with hardly any writing in and a lot of pictures but my mum however chose the books with loads of words on a page with hardly any pictures. When my mum took them out I used to go all stroppy and not talk to her. Now I just look back and laugh! When we got home my mum used to make me read a chapter to her or I can read it on my own in front of her.
So I decided to read it on my own. This was where my mum got out of hand! Whenever I said I had finished a chapter she asked me what had happened in the chapter, then I panicked. I said I needed to go to the toilet but I never returned as I knew I would have to try and tell her what had happened in that chapter. Every day when I returned from school I knew that I would have to face reading a chapter of a book. During school when we had tutorial, the teacher set us some work and told us to get on with it. While doing that she picked on some people to read to her.
There was a chair beside her and her book saying what she thought of the classes reading. Near the bottom there was me and there used to be a note saying that I read in one tone of voice all the time and read really fast. I read fast so that she could not understand me and so I looked as if I liked reading, but this was not the case. We all had a little blue book and every time we read to the teacher it was signed and a note was also written in it, but this book was to be shown to our parents. Even though my mum encouraged me to read I never did.
There were also books with sounds on the side to express the way people thought. My favourite one was the Peter pan sound book because for one of my parties it was a Peter Pan theme so I wanted to look like Peter Pan in the book. My mum used to read me the book while I pushed the buttons when needed. I was also made to read The Famous Five and The Secret Seven written by Enid Blyton’s. Enid Blyton lived between 1897 and 1968. She was a British writer and was considered as one of the most successful and controversial British children’s authors of the 20th century.
She is best known for her three series of books: Famous Five, Secret Seven, and Adventure. Enid was born in London and grew up in Beckenham, where she was educated at a girls’ boarding school. Her father left the family when Enid was 13 years old, and it is believed that she did not get along well with her mother. After boarding school, Enid spent two years training as a kindergarten teacher at the National Froebel Union Teaching School in Ipswich. In south-eastern England, she taught for one year at Bickley Park School in Kent and spent four years as a governess in Surrey, during which time she began publishing her writing.
When I was 9, in class we had to read Georges Marvellous Medicine, but we didn’t actually read it, the teacher read it to us. This has been my favourite book I have read because I read it time and time again as I thought it was so good in class. I think this book was very funny to read as it is showing us what happened when he made his own medicine. It’s a book about a boy called George who lives with his bossy ghastly gran. One day he decides to get her back by making a marvellous medicine except it all goes terribly wrong.
The people who would enjoy this book are people with a very good sense of humour and like Roald Dahl’s use of words. The book is a bit long but the chapters are short so you can stop every now and then after each chapter. The author of the book was of course Roald Dahl and he lived from 1916-1990. He was a British writer of novels, short stories, and film scripts, but best known for his children’s books. He was born in Llandaff, Wales, and educated at Repton, a boarding school for boys. His harsh treatment while a student there led him later to write stories about cruelty and revenge.
He then deciding not to enter a university, Roald Dahl joined the Shell Oil Company in 1933, worked in Tanganyika from 1937 to 1939, enlisted in the Royal Air Force (RAF) at the start of World War II (1939-1945), and served as a fighter pilot and as an air attachi?? in Washington, D. C. During those years he published his RAF adventures in the Saturday Evening Post and wrote his first book, The Gremlins (1943), which became a motion picture in 1984. A collection of short stories, Someone Like You (1953), became a best-seller and was followed by Kiss, Kiss (1959), which firmly established Dahl as a serious writer of fiction.
Switch Bitch (1974), another work of adult fiction, continued Dahl’s tradition of morbid, eerie tales for adults. Dahl was the author of 19 children’s books, the best known of which were James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), which was made into a movie in 1971. Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970) and The BFG (1982) are more recent children’s books. He also wrote a number of film scripts, including You Only Live Twice (1967) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), both adapted from Ian Fleming’s novels. Dahl wrote two autobiographies, Boy (1984) and Going Solo (1986).
He was married to American actress Patricia Neal, whom he helped to recover from catastrophic strokes in 1965. As I grew up I began to dislike reading books more and more. The only things I read were magazines and newspapers. Theses magazine had to be football mags as I had to enter all the competitions and try quizzes in them. I always knew more answers then the players! The Match magazine was my favourite football magazine while The Daily Mail was and still is my favourite newspaper. For my 12th birthday I was quite surprised to receive a book.
It was no ordinary book though; it was Stuart Pearce’s Autobiography. Stuart Pearce is that increasingly rare breed of footballer who cares about his craft, his club and England. He is motivated by his love of the beautiful game and not the money. His book reveals a lot about his career ups and downs as well as interesting insights into the management styles of Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest and Ruud Gullit at Newcastle. He also explains his contrasting love of punk music and of Shakespeare, often choosing to go to the theatre rather than sit in a hotel and play cards with the lads!
Not quite the Psycho image we all know and love! His autobiography gives a good and quite often humorous insight into probably England’s most passionate and dedicated footballers. It tells us the story of his life from being a council electrician and part time footballer to England’s famous left back. In it he looks back on his famous penalties for England and also recounts many of his encounters with Brian Clough. He maintains a humorous outlook and gives the impression that even now he really can’t believe his luck in a game that even now at the age of 38, he still has a passion for playing.
If you want to discover the truth behind many of the infamous England parties he also gives his own views on these. I thought it was a well written enjoyable book and I would recommend it to every footie fan. In the future I would like to read Michael Owen’s Autobiography. Michael plays for Liverpool at the moment and is England’s best striker. Michael Owen was born on 14th December 1979 in Chester. He is a great asset to Liverpool Football Club and at the club he plays a forward. He has recently joined the England Squad and plays number 20, as this position he has become a great role model for all young footballers.
Michael Owen, a product of Liverpool’s youth system burst on the scene towards the end of the 1996/97 season with a debut goal in the away draw with Wimbledon. He was given his first start later that week when Liverpool met Sheffield Wednesday. Michael was a constant threat in that match but he couldn’t get the goal his performance deserved, he was still given the Man Of The Match award for his whole hearted performance. Unfortunately for Michael he didn’t have another chance to impress that season, as that was the final match.
At the start of the 1997/98 season Michael was still in the Liverpool side, as Robbie Fowler was carrying an injury. Playing alongside the experienced Riedle, Michael again showed his natural talent, again scoring an equaliser against Wimbledon. With Fowler missing games through injury and suspension Michael was given plenty of chances in the first team, and in a Coca-Cola Cup tie against Grimsby he scored his first hat-trick. Michael is one of the most promising players in England and now has a regular first team place and is sure to be an Anfield’s favourite for years come.
Being an author as successful as J. K. Rowling must be exciting. J. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books and they have become so popular in the world and there has recently been a movie made of the first book, The Philosopher’s Stone. The film has already smashed box office expectations and is going to be a big hit around the world just like the books. I would like to be an author but as I don’t read I wouldn’t be very good because I have no imagination and I am very brief with my writing. My English has improved since I have been at Wilson’s and hope it will carry on improving in the future.