I’m currently reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s a famous book by a famous author and I suppose that’s part of why I started reading it; a feeling that I ought to read it. The book has become an old classic (so has the author) and when I start reading a book with that knowledge it usually feels like a bit of a slog. Fahrenheit 451 is NOT a bit of a slog. It is shockingly, breathtakingly, frighteningly brilliant
It’s set in the future and revolves around a fireman who is employed to burn books… all books. Paper combusts at 451 degrees fahrenheit. The book is full of themes that are completely relevant to the contemporary world that it is hard to believe that it was written in the late fifties.
Since starting to read it I’ve looked up Ray Bradbury on YouTube and he seems like an intelligent and inspiring person. His advice to aspiring writers is to write one short story every week for a year!! He reckons it is physically impossible to write 52 crap ones.