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Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon ‘Of Studies’ How on earth was I going to transport my library of over a hundred books to Birmingham? My dad had the answer. He always did. Up in the attic was his old army chest. A large wooden box with metal brackets reinforcing the four corners and two sturdy rope handles. With a lick of green paint and a lining of newspapers, it became the solution to my immediate problem. My dad was a resourceful individual. Nothing was impossible for him. So I filled it up to the brim with my books before he secured the plywood lid with panel pins. Once we’d hefted it into the boot of his car – it was a two-man jo

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