I was an ordinary kid in an Australian country town, but through books I travelled the world

Ahead of Australian reading hour on Thursday, bestselling writer Monica McInerney remembers growing up in the country, and the lives she lived through books.

My love affair with books began when I was four years old. I’d just started school. At the end of my first week, I came home proudly carrying a new calico bag with a picture book tucked inside.