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Eamonn Holmes fled the Troubles with Narnia novels

By Staff Reporter

Published 28/01/2016

Eamonn Holmes
Eamonn Holmes

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has revealed he escaped the Troubles as a child by becoming engrossed in fantasy books such as The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.

The Belfast broadcaster has teamed up with BookTrust to bring families a fun online storybook to encourage them to read more with their children.

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton tells the adventures of George, a dog with a big personality who loves cake, bins and chasing Cat.

When Eamonn recorded the voiceover he said his dad read him fairy tales, bringing them to life by putting on the different voices. He also said he read books to escape from the outside world.

"I grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and it was not a good time. Quite often you couldn't leave your home and you would turn either to the television or books for escape," he said.

"Among the books I turned to were The Chronicles Of Narnia by CS Lewis. Into the wardrobe I escaped, into a different world and into the land of make-believe."

Belfast-born Lewis's works have sold millions of copies in over 30 languages, and his Chronicles Of Narnia have been popularised on stage, TV, radio, and cinema. The seven fantasy novels are considered children's classics.

Get Oh No, George! at booktrust.org.uk/static/bookstart/oh-no-george/

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