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Demand: Reading is a vital form of escapism but people are also informing themselves through books

Demand: Reading is a vital form of escapism but people are also informing themselves through books

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David Torrans and Emma Warnock, No Alibis Press

David Torrans and Emma Warnock, No Alibis Press

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Demand: Reading is a vital form of escapism but people are also informing themselves through books

If we had read an account of any of 2020's world events in a novel we would have been satisfied knowing it was exactly that: fiction. Contemporary events have always affected readership and with restrictions as they are, reading - and fiction especially - is proving to be a vital form of entertainment and escapism.

"You'll have those who want to read to take their minds off things and those who want to read not to take their minds off things, per se, but to take them to a place that is outside of where they already are," says David Torrans, owner of No Alibis Bookshop of customers who visit the Belfast shop.

"And then there'll be people who want to read because they want to inform themselves more of where they are at the moment.


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