How do words on a page create pictures in the mind?
Does reading in a different language or page layout affect our understanding of a text?
John Carey investigates the importance of the personal imagination each reader brings to a text. He talks to neuroscientists about the reading process, and asks authors Sue Townsend and Francis Spufford to explain their experience of reading.
John spends a day working as a barrister, grappling with complex legal papers, and talks to neuropsychologist Matthew Lambon Ralph about the relationship between what we read, how we read it, and how much we remember when the page is turned.
John talks to people who buy and sell books about the choices they make as readers.