Have you ever read a book that was so captivating you felt you were truly there? In my case it happened when I was 9 years old, sitting under the weeping cherry tree on a hot summer's day, or sneakily pulling the curtain back and reading late into the night by the neighbour's porch light.
Sometimes things simply come together nicely: earlier this week while photographing at the SPCA I met Kapisi, a large, soft-as-can-be gray bunny, and yesterday I realised today is World Book Day 2017. Or it's possibly not, which is a little confusing. Officially, 23 April is the day, but that tends to clash with Easter and school holidays, leading to some countries to shift the date to the first Thursday in March.
But while I was processing Kapisi's portrait and thinking about how much I like to read, I remembered my most favourite book of all time, the one I first read when I was still in the single digits and have read more times than I can remember over the years: Watership Down. Richard Adams created a beautiful tale that is easily enjoyed both by a child looking to escape into a world of animals and an adult who can appreciate the more complex themes.
So for World Book Day this year, I'm recommending Watership Down. Word of warning: this is not the book where you think watching the movie will do the trick. If you have even one single shred of humanity in you, don't watch the movie. You simply don't have enough time on this mortal journey and breath in your body to waste on such a pitiful effort. Have I made myself clear?