Happy Birthday, Robert Westall!

In honour of Robert Westall’s birthday here is a beautiful quote from him:

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“I don’t remember how old I was. I know I had sadly abandoned hope of dragons. I had checked for wolves under the stairs and found only a sack of musty potatoes, and a meter with the faint exciting whiff of gas. But there were still monsters. The lamplighter walking in front of us was a minor wizard. He put his long pole to the gas lamps and created darkness. It was broad daylight till the gas-lamps flared; instantly night gathered round them like smoke.”

Find out more:

* Lovely article about the last lamplighters in Britain http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2848038/The-magical-job-Britain-Enchanting-story-gas-street-lights-five-men-burning-just-did-Dickens-day.html

* Robert Westall Website http://www.robertwestall.com/