I have always been an avid reader. Obsessively so, some - mainly my mother - may suggest. Growing up, our shelves were always filled with books. Admittedly, they were a diverse collection of mainly superficially gratifying, 'trashy' reads. I would devour everything with gusto and my insatiable appetite for reading knew no bounds: no biography, autobiography, Mills and Boon, Sweet Valley High, thriller, chick-lit book was safe in my presence.