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I feel no need, no need to speed-read

For a bibliophile who used to whip through 160 books yearly but no longer felt the joy of reading recently, I'm learning to love it again - slowly

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The latest online craze I have discovered does not have to do with any of the new Marvel movies, or TikTok - but rather, with a 125-year-old novel.

This is Dracula Daily, a substack which e-mails chunks of Bram Stoker's 1897 vampire classic Dracula to subscribers. It is an epistolary novel, so the passages are sent on the dates on which the events occur in the novel's timeline, which runs from May 3 to Nov 10. This makes it feel like the missives are arriving in your inbox in real time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2022, with the headline I feel no need, no need to speed-read. Subscribe