Chepstow shoppers get free books

3:00pm Thursday 26th April 2012

SHOPPERS in Chepstow Town Centre may have been surprised to be approached by someone riding a purple mobility scooter and offering them a free book on Monday.

But for those who knew about the book giveaway for World Book Night were less startled when Chepstow author Meg Kingston offered them a free copy of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

For the second year, a team of givers around the UK have been handing out reading material and talking to people who may not consider themselves to be interested in books.

Ms Kingston said: “It’s great fun. People are understandably wary and concerned that there’s a catch or I’m peddling some sort of pseudo-religious text or weird scientific theory.

“I love to explain that there’s no catch and that the book is theirs to keep.”

The books are funded by the BBC, some publishers, retailers and other groups with interests in books.

One million books are given away each April, from a selection of 25 titles that are chosen the previous year.

Ms Kingston describes Rebecca as a timeless novel, that most people have heard of but never get to read.

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