What great news - the Cuthbert Gospels are to remain in Britain and will be on display in the North East as well as in the British Library. www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17732310
I love books. I am a hoarder of books and very rarely sell or give
books away. I love to sit in a room full of books and just look at them
and smell them around me. I love the tactile qualities of books, feeling
their weight in my hands and turning the pages. I love to sit in a
comfortable chair and read and can immerse myself in the text so that I
am unaware of things going on around me.
More recently I have grown to love my Kindle. It doesn't have the
feel or smell of paper books but, Oh the joy of being able to take a
library with me when I go away from home.
Some books are especially precious. It might be because they are firm
favourites, the novels of Jane Austen or Margaret Atwood would be among
mine. It might be because they were given to me by some-one special to
me or belonged to such a person, I have books that belonged to my father
that I would never part with. Some might be valuable because of their
rarity, none of mine come into that category.
The Cuthbert Gospels are rare, they are very valuable, they belonged
to some-one special and they contain the foundational texts of the
Christian faith. It is so good that they are to remain in the country
and to retain the links with the North East and one of the Saints who is
so special to us.
I look forward to seeing them in Durham next year.