19 years ago I was a young teacher getting excited for the start of the summer holidays. I was pregnant with my first child and I planned to spend the summer holidays relaxing by catching up on my reading. As a primary teacher I was been keen to read children's fiction, eager to keep up with reading trends and always on the lookout for something new to read to the children in my class.
I vividly remember settling down to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in my garden. It was a beautiful sunny day, one of those days where you're surrounded by the sounds of lawnmowers, children playing, and bees flitting from flower to flower. But I don't remember any of those details because I was hooked in the world of muggles and wizards. I don't even remember stopping to have lunch.
Emma Mooney is a writer of Scottish contemporary fiction and is the author of A Beautiful Game. and Wings to Fly.