Earlier this week I was chatting with a friend who has recently lost the ability to read following a series of strokes brought on by Covid. Up until then, he had been looking forward to retirement this year and spending more time with his three young grandchildren.
Like me he is passionate about books and, being a former newspaper man, he was also planning to introduce them to the world of current affairs through some junior news publications.
However, he was depressed that all these plans had been scuppered by his inability to read print anymore. Of course, he was delighted at the prospect of finally being able to meet up with his grandchildren again, but as he said, ‘how am I going to keep them entertained?’