Anna Jones, the main character from World Enough and Time, shares how books make a difference to her life. I recommend you check this one out.

Books mean so many different things to me. Sometimes they teach me things. Sometimes they help me to feel less alone. Sometimes they are simply escapism.

I am 15 years old and I have a rare condition called Goldenhar syndrome. I won’t bore you with all the details, but in short it means that I look a little different. Teenagers stare at me, toddlers point and ask questions, adults look away. It’s not easy.

My condition means that I spend a huge amount of time in hospital waiting rooms, and it may not surprise you to learn that the endless piles of dog-eared magazines lose their appeal after a while! My Kindle is a Godsend.

Most recently I’ve been reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. (Yes, all right, I know everyone else read it ages ago – somehow it passed me by, okay?!) I was totally blown away by it, and cannot remember the last time a book made me cry (I mean full-on, embarrassing blubbing). Before that I read Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid, which was a big thing for me because one of the main characters has Treacher Collins syndrome, a condition similar to mine; I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to read the book but in the end I did enjoy it.

Books are so powerful. Sometimes I wonder whether I might have gone insane without them. For some people, it’s music; for others, it’s drawing; for me, it’s books. They open my eyes, they give me insight, they transport me to other worlds. And believe me – sometimes I need that more than I can say.

Anna x

About Anna

Anna Jones is the main character in World Enough and Time, a contemporary YA novel for girls by Emma C Williams. You can follow Anna’s blog at

About the Author

Emma C Williams is an author of YA fiction and a secondary school teacher. She lives in Surrey with her husband and two very irritating cats. You can find her on Twitter and on Facebook.