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McNab to front next Six Book Challenge
14.09.12 | Joshua Farrington
Thriller writer Andy McNab is to spearhead the Reading Agency’s 2013 Six Book Challenge, encouraging adults to improve their literacy.
The annual event, which will be in its sixth year, aims to get adults with low levels of literacy reading more, by asking them to choose six books and keep a diary of their achievements, with incentives such as prizes for those who complete the challenge.
McNab, a former SAS soldier who has gone on to write several non-fiction and fiction books about the military, said: “I’m a perfect example of how reading can change your life. I had the reading age of an 11 year old when I was 17 and I only became a confident reader when I joined the Army.
"But once I started I couldn’t stop—and that’s what the Six Book Challenge is all about.”
This year, 23,500 signed up to take on the challenge, through libraries, further education colleges, workplaces and prisons. Entrants are placed into a prize drawer, and could win a Kobo.
The Reading Agency is planning to release further details of a partnership with the Rugby League World Cup to further promote the scheme.