In the late 60s when all my mates were growing their hair long I had mine cut every month. Finally I decided that it was time for me to be a non-conformist (according to my parents) and conform – I started to grow it – until I noticed that all my mates were sporting short hair. I kept the hair long and the pants flared until finally good sense (and a new wife) showed me the error of my ways so out went the flares and off went the hair.

So why am I telling you this? This is about books right? The Harry Potter phenomenon has passed; Harry is done and dusted. But, yep, you guessed it, I have just started reading J K Rowling and her story about the upstart wizard and his equally upstartish friends. Two and a half weeks into this odyssey I have now just finished the Prisoner of Askaban (book three) and after a week in the gym to strengthen my arms am about to start on book four.

I have to say that this has been the best read I have had for ages.

Watch this space.

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