John Sutherland kicked off the event by introducing himself as the old one and John Crace as the young one. John S then talked about how their new book explores a subject they are both interested in. He admits that he has always loved books, since he was very young. “Books are a passport to a life. My public library was like Alladin’s cave when I was younger. The Wind in the Willows was the first book I ever read.”
John C then picked up the conversation by introducing himself and how his favourite book when he was younger was Treasure Island as it has an intimate connection to Edinburgh. As you get older you get very curious about life and how fiction comes out of life. “I take great pleasure out of reading.” There is a lot of hype and pressure to buy and read certain books. People are conforming as consumers. He also admits that he came to this project purely as a reader. He always approaches a project as a complete novice. Reading is a two-way process and the reader is always asking questions about the book. Who decides what is a classic? This job has allowed me to read a lot of books and been paid to read books.
He then read from his adaptation of Charles Dickens ‘David Copperfield.’
John C concluded by saying that all of this is just another way to read and approach a book.