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Issue 1296 - Why Books Matter

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We celebrate the health-inspiring, life-prolonging, opportunity-knocking benefit of reading. From sharing a story for World Book Day to the true need for libraries – we celebrate the power of books!

Also this week...

Sharing a story about sharing a story. This year’s World Book Day authors share their stories about sharing a story including Nadiya Hussain and Sir Chris Hoy and Tom Fletcher.

One dad spent most of his life trying to hide the fact he couldn’t read. Now, at 52 years old he decided to get help. He puts pen to paper and tells his story.

What are libraries for anyway? Peter Fellows, co-writer of The Death of Stalin and Veep digs through the stacks and finds a void at the heart of libraries.

And lots more!

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