There are five copies of The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner to win in our January competition. UK entrants only.
In the Double Shadow, there is a "Memory Machine." If you could choose a moment you could preserve and re-live, what would it be?
Leave your answers as comments here and we'll pick the five we like best. Closing date 7th February.
I could re-live my wedding day. Once.
Any exaggerated use of the rewind machine would spell hell on any day for me, no matter how happy at the time (also because I did not have the time to read anything on that day, and that's really terrible).
Crab-fishing off the pier in Beaumaris, Anglesey with my sons and my niece, before her mother died too soon, too young.
If I could preserve and re-live one memory it would be one where I was spending time with my family; It wouldn't have to be a special occassion, it could be us watching TV or playing a board game together. But I am always happiest when I am around my family, they give me the support and determination to do anything, and I'll always love them.
I would preserve this memory so whenever I felt sad, or lonely, or angry at the world at some point in my life when my family aren't around (say if I go travelling when I'm older and they are on the other side of the world, out of reach). Then they would be no longer, I could go into this memory, think of all the support and love they give me, and feel a million times better.
I know this isn't a very imaginative idea, but that is honestly what I would do.
I would love to go back to one time with my grandpa - before he got cancer and passed away.
We were at his old people's home, and he sat me on his lap. He was healthy then, healthy and strong.
And we sang - we sang songs together, and I kissed him on the cheek and told him I loved him. He hugged me and hugged me and it seemed like we'd never stop. They were the last words he ever said to me.
That wonderful moment when you reach the last line of a good book, just before you return to the other, more solid reality. That sense of completeness, of resolution, of courage rewarded and determination justified, when lovers, friends and families are united once more and the world is safe for another day. Bliss.
I would go back to one day with my grandma. When I was young, I spent winter at my grandmother's farm in Poland. We spent one evening at the cementary and my grandmother tells me a story about our family, her friends and some story about war and how people lived during that days. That was a great time but I was just teen and not always carefully listen so I don't remember a lot what she say to me.
And now she's gone and all her story with her.
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