Stop press! JK Rowling, the author who made our collective childhood that little bit more magical, has published a new book. However, there are no wizards or giant snakes to be found in her latest title. Instead, Very Good Lives is a written version the commencement speech that Rowling gave to the graduating class at Harvard University, 2008. As someone who has just finished her final exams at the University of Warwick and is about to head into the Great Wide Unknown, I thought Rowling’s little book might impart some comfort and advice. And I wasn’t wrong. Very Good Lives is a small but sturdy volume which extols ambition, selflessness and bravery, all with Rowling’s customary clear-sightedness and signature humour.
“I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business, the law, or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a gay wizard.”