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Roddy Doyle book sent to UK prisons to encourage reading among inmates

Robert Dex

Published 17/04/2015 | 07:36

Actor Aidan Gillen and author Roddy Doyle backstage at the interval at Barrytown Meets Musictown at Vicar Street
Actor Aidan Gillen and author Roddy Doyle backstage at the interval at Barrytown Meets Musictown at Vicar Street

Dublin author Roddy Doyle's book Dead Man Talking, has been put on a list of novels that will be sent to prisoners in the UK as part of a campaign to encourage reading.

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It joins a book about a man's daring escape from a prison camp.

The organisers of World Book Night are also sending books to hospitals, schools and colleges. Twenty three prisons will share the book by Doyle (inset) and also copies of Escape From Camp-14 by American journalist Blaine Harden.

It tells the true story of Shin Dong-hyuk who was born into a North Korean political prison and eventually escaped to China before settling in the United States.

Other books being sent into prisons include Karl Pilkington's The Moaning Of Life and Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante.

World Book Night is celebrated on April 23 which is Unesco International Day of the Book and the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare.

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