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As a young fellow I had little interest in reading. When not in school my days were filled with exploring the bushland behind my home at Engadine, South of Sydney, NSW.

Mates and I would spend hours roaming around the bush to the West of Sierra Road and swimming in the river down in the gully. 

I had watched the movies Zulu and Zulu Dawn on the television in my early years and had an instant fascination with them. One day I wandered into a book shop with my mother and saw the book Zulu by Cy Enfield on a bookshelf. I picked it up and began to flick through the pages. I was instantly hooked. 

The second book I read was When The Lion Feeds by Wilber Smith. Set in South Africa during the time of the Zulu Wars. It was the first novel I read and I loved it.

Later I discovered the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell and became an instant fan. 

I believe it is so important to discover books you can’t put down if you want to fall in love with reading. I was lucky to come across these books early in life which gave me the foundation to become a lover of reading. 

I wonder what the first book you read and fell in love with was?