Wednesday 28 September 2016

Escape story sent to prisoners

Published 17/04/2015 | 00:06

World Book Night organisers are sending books to prisons, hospitals, schools and colleges
World Book Night organisers are sending books to prisons, hospitals, schools and colleges

Hundreds of copies of a book about a man's daring escape from a prison camp are being sent into jails as part of a campaign to encourage reading.

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The organisers of World Book Night are also sending books to h ospitals, schools and colleges and 23 prisons will share 702 copies of Escape From Camp-14 by American journalist Blaine Harden.

It tells the true story of S hin 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, Roddy Doyle's Dead Man Talking and Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante.

Rose Goddard, from World Book Night, said: " Prison librarians choose and apply for these books, not the prisoners themselves.

"The librarians have an astute understanding of the reading habits and needs of their inmates, and which books are likely to prove popular."

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 and is intended to encourage reading.

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