Book handout makes waves at leisure centre event

Shirley Hallam, of Soroptimist International Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and District, helps mark World Book Night.

Shirley Hallam, of Soroptimist International Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and District, helps mark World Book Night.

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AN event held to promote reading made waves at a council leisure centre.

Shirley Hallam called in at the Waves Leisure Pool in Whitley Bay to hand out 20 copies of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day as part of World Book Night.

Shirley, president of Soroptimist International’s Tynemouth and Whitley Bay branch, said: “I chose this book because I believe it to be a contemporary classic.

“The author gives a beautiful picture of life between the wars in a great English house.”

More than 20,000 volunteers around the country distributed more than two million copies of 25 books to mark the international event.