Ink, the first of a trilogy, is set in a world where every significant thing you do, whether good or bad, is tattooed on your skin for everyone to see. There are no secrets. When you die, if you are deemed worthy, your tattoos are made into a book and so you can live on for eternity. When Leora’s father dies, she discovers there’s something missing from his book – and her world starts to unravel.
This weekend, decided needed to slow down, and the first thing I did was put my phone down, and pick up this book (yes, I like reading a lot of books on Kindle, but the cover on this paper version is mighty fine). It’s young adult fiction – one of my favourite ‘downtime’ genres, because there’s always a deeper story behind the surface! I don’t usually buy books ‘hot off the press’, as most of my fiction comes from charity shops (I can read too fast to cope £ any other way) – this, however, had it’s launch this week (and a lot of my friends went) – and Tanya Marlow posted a video on Facebook that was the final swing. I started about 9.30pm, and finished 00.30 – then slept very deeply (so much so I didn’t make it out for my planned hike today -a and it’s perfect hiking weather too!). Having spent so much time recently trying to inspire students to think about why they are doing what they are doing, I stopped and took a photo of this page:
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.