I work as Graduate Research Assistant in the ReadOxford Lab.
My favourite word
My favourite childhood book
One of my favourite words is luminous. Its main meaning is radiating or reflecting light. It can also be used to describe a writer's words if they are particularly intelligent, clear and insightful. It comes from the Latin word 'lumen.' I think the word itself seems to glow, although I'm not sure whether this particular combination of letters really does glow, or if that is just because I know what its meaning is.That's one of the many mysteries of language and how our brains process and respond to it!
My favourite book is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. In fact, if I were allowed to, I would choose the whole Narnia series, as they're all equally brilliant. But the book that first captured me was 'The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.' Who wouldn't be excited by the idea that you could walk through a wardrobe into another world? The writer creates vivid magical landscapes, powerful, engaging characters and a strong story line with an epic struggle between good and evil. His words painted such powerful images in my mind that I never wanted to watch the films which were made, in case they destroyed these forever.