I am reading loads of social history at the moment. I love it. I am fascinated by people and their lives, particularly in history. It is helping me with my writing work too as well as the Bald Explorer programmes. I think a broad understanding of where we have been and how we have developed is essential for a writer.
I am particularly curious about the poorer members of society. We all think we are hard done by at certain times in our lives, but on the whole this is nothing to the hardships that people in history have had to suffer. I do think it is important to remember how far we have come, the diseases we have conquered.
History is so important in our lives. To understand the past is to obtain a grip on the present and to some extent to appreciate the future.