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Library’s booksmart quest

PUBLISHED: 17:26 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

LIBRARY staff handed out 1,000 copies of a best-selling book in an attempt to change attitudes towards reading. Copies of Mike Gayle s book, Brand New Friend, were handed out free of charge in Bromley high street last month as part of Bromley s National

LIBRARY staff handed out 1,000 copies of a best-selling book in an attempt to change attitudes towards reading.

Copies of Mike Gayle's book, Brand New Friend, were handed out free of charge in Bromley high street last month as part of Bromley's National Year of Reading campaign, which aims to get more people reading for pleasure.

Mr Gayle is the author of seven best-selling 'lad-lit' novels and his books have been described as "Bridget Jones for the boys"

Bromley's Head of Libraries, David Brockhurst, said: "We want to create a real buzz about reading in all its forms, whether it's books or blogs, newspapers or novels.

"We hope to get more people to discover the joy of reading, read something different and talk about it with their friends."

Mr Gayle will give a talk before allowing readers to ask him questions at Bromley Central Library this Saturday from 2.30 - 4.00pm.

Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis from the Central Library or by telephoning 020 8460 9955.

His visit is part of The Blurb, Bromley's first festival of books and reading - organised by the library service.

Details of all events for adults and children are listed in a handy festival guide available from all Bromley libraries. Alternatively, you can find further details on the council's website: www.bromley.gov.uk.

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