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In the fourth week of our competition, Jenny Gilbert talks to the architect John Pawson and his son Caius, aged ten, about childhood reading
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John Caius is dyslexic but it didn't stop him learning to read. People use that word to cover a multitude of problems. Technically, he's dyspraxic - there's a gap between seeing and understanding. But luckily Caius was born a bit brighter than his parents and he's found a way of compensating. He's also lucky in that he's allowed to use a computer for writing in class, though it means he sits at the back. He learned to touch-type at such an early age, it seems absolutely normal now.

I remember at Eton, even when I was 15, the housemaster used to read to us. Caius likes being read to but it's not a necessity - it just phased out when he could read fluently himself. When we did read to him, dinosaurs featured high on the list. And I remember books with illustrations by Edward Ardizzone and Quentin Blake. Funnily enough I usually prefer text to visual things; the visual can leave you slightly wanting. A really good writer can describe a piece of architecture better than a photograph.

Caius is an avid reader of the sports pages of the newspaper. And he reads all the articles about computers. He's also up on current affairs, always filling me in on what John Major's doing. When I asked Caius once what he wanted to be, he said, "Not an architect, an entrepreneur." Some patronising adult said, "I don't suppose you know what that means." Caius then gave a definition. He's definitely going to have a business brain.

Caius Dad's never read to me. I don't remember once when he read to me. I read to myself, though. I like reading about sports a lot, in the newspaper and in magazines like Shoot and Match, and books where kids make teams and things. My mum and my step-mum buy those for me. My sister was a mad reader. She's 18 and she gave all her CS Lewis books to me. I liked The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and I've read all the others too. I like the way CS Lewis makes the children do everything by themselves. I've got The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper which is a fantasy sequence about light versus darkness - quite scary but amazingly good. I liked The Borrowers Avenged and I like anything to do with King Arthur. My sister gave me some of the Carbonel series about this magic cat who talks, but they're rather complicated. I give up a book if I'm bored.

The best things I've ever read were my dad's books about the SAS, like Looking for Trouble by General Sir Peter de la Billiere. I've also read a book about the FBI called Gangsterland, which I gave my dad for his birthday and he gave to me. It's about the FBI cracking the Mafia.

When I'm not reading about sport, I do fantasy football. You pretend you're a manager and you bid for players, buy players and put them on the transfer market. I've got three computers, one at my mum's, one at my Dad's and one at school. I use them to write plays about different things or stories, or match reports. If I've seen a match I do a description of that. Otherwise I make them up

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