There’s something about a paperback. Perhaps it goes back to childhood. All those dull books in the school library, or the bookcase at home (just the one). They were always hardbacks. Paperbacks were exciting – science fiction, Arthur C Clarke, crime, Agatha Christie, thrillers from Hammond Innes, or the latest adventure from Enid Blyton. There’s something neat about a paperback, trim and flexible – just right for a back pocket or a school satchel. And so easy to read in bed! Do they smell different – I think they do. Hardbacks are fusty, neglected, prematurely yellow at the edges. Paperbacks carry the scent of everyday life – buses and trains, beaches and bedrooms, pub gardens and clifftop walks. They go with you where you go. I hope you enjoy this one.