World Book Day 2014

World Book Day takes place on Thursday 6th May.

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) reading. It’s designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

To celebrate, our service users and staff tell us why they love their favourite book…

Lindsey Jenkins, Brandling Court
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

“It’s about a winter season through a wardrobe with four children meeting strange things and a big talking lion, badgers, wolves, a white witch and a stone table. Because it’s fantasy it’s a good film as well as a book.

Jess Avery, Business Development Officer
The Harry Potter Series

“My favourite books, without a doubt, are the Harry Potter books! I read them recently with my little brother, and wish I’d read them earlier. Filled with magic and adventure, they make you feel like a kid again, and all you want is be part of it all! I recently visited the Making of Harry Potter with my siblings, so we all, at least, got to play dress up and pretend!”

Brian Holley, Albert Terrace
A Peter Robinson Detective Novel

“At present I am reading this novel about police officer Inspector Banks. It’s one of those tales of someone sticking to his principles and woe betide anyone who slacks in the case they are investigating. This author is one of those who write what I call ‘page turners’.”

Joe, Bury
Favourite Author: Tom Clancy

“The last book I bought was Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab and I last read a book on digital photography. I like reading because I think it helps me to be more intellectual.”

Julie Wilkinson, Rawtenstall
Favourite Author: Agatha Christie

“The last book I bought was Oranges and Lemons. When I was a child, I used to love reading books by Enid Blyton. I really enjoy reading because it helps me to pass the time on holidays.”

Tamara, Spain
Favourite Author: Rohinder Mistry

“The last book I bought was The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez and the last book I read was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I like to relax and enjoy a good book.”

Alex Madden, Bury
Favourite Author: Roald Dahl

“The last book I bought and read was Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James. When I was a child, my favourite book was The Twits by Roald Dahl.”

Claire Croskery, Barrow-in-Furness
Just One Look by Harlan Coben

“I’ve read all of Harlan Coben’s books and Just One Look is my favourite. The story follows Grace, an ordinary wife and mother whose life is turned upside down when her husband disappears. I couldn’t put it down and it has a brilliant twist at the end!”

Lizz Clark, Wirral

“I have far too many favourite books! One I’ve just re-read is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It’s a whopping 782 pages long, but every line is lively, dramatic and atmospheric, drawing you along the twisted threads of the story. It’s set in the early 19th Century, and takes in the Napoleonic Wars, race relations, fairy kingdoms and the bitter rivalry between two English magicians. It’s very serious but also sparklingly funny, and I love the haunting, shadowy illustrations!”

Jennifer Bingham, Manchester
So Much! by Trish Cooke

“This book reminds me of my childhood so much! I have memories of my dad reading this book to me and my sister using a Caribbean accent. I think this was an important part of my childhood as the story is based around an Afro-Caribbean family similar to my own. So Much! is about the events of the day for a mother and baby, waiting for the baby’s dad to arrive whilst lots of family members drop in. Thinking about this book brings back so many nice memories of being a child.”




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