Colin Harrisons knowledge of the research on reading processes and comprehension is encyclopaedic…. Compared to word-level factors, especially phonics, comprehension has been the poor relation in both research and teaching, so this book is just what is needed to redress the balance…. This is essential reading for all those committed to improving literacy attainment at all levels – Professor Greg Brooks, University of Sheffield. This book focuses on how to understand reading processes and what it means to develop reading comprehension. With a wide-ranging theoretical basis, the author makes new connections between work in critical theory, cognitive psychology and literacy. Key features include: -how and why we read -evaluating response to reading -a whole-school approach to developing reading.