Jo shares love of reading for World Book Night

Local MP Jo Swinson marked the second year of World Book Night by handing out books across East Dunbartonshire, and in Parliament, to encourage others to share her enjoyment of reading

Selected as a World Book Night giver for the second year running, Jo chose ‘Touching the Void’ by Joe Simpson for its inspiring tale of determination.

This week Jo handed out copies of the book to the Kirkintilloch Mountaineering Group and to a group of young people in Parliament. She will also visit Low Moss Prison and Milngavie’s Boys Brigade in the coming days.

This year’s event marked the first international World Book Night with Germany, the USA and Ireland joining in. In all 78,000 people gave away 2.5 million free books.

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“I was delighted to be part of World Book Night again and it’s always a pleasure to give to others. By giving away books I hope to spread my joy and passion for reading with others.”

“The story of Joe Simpson, the mountaineer who had to overcome immense physical challenges to avoid death after a terrible climbing accident, is simply awe-inspiring. Combining my love of this book with a mission to motivate all who read it made this book a great choice”.

“World Book Night is a good opportunity to highlight our great local library network and booksellers, like the independent Milngavie Bookshop. I encourage locals to pick up a book and enjoy the wonderful world of the written word.”

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Jo is pictured with the Kirkintilloch Mountaineering Group


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