'Largest read' hits Bristol city

<p>Bristol launched what &quot;the world&#39;s largest ever read&quot; today (24th January) with <em>The Bristol Story</em>, a 200-page graphic book on the history of the city.</p><p>More than 140,000 books and reading guides are being given away free as part of the campaign, which marks the start of Bristol&#39;s contribution to Portrait of a Nation--a year-long UK-wide celebration of local identity that links with Liverpool&#39;s year as European Capital of Culture.</p><p>It also forms part of the Bristol Great Reading Adventure, which is now in its sixth year and encourages everyone to read the same book between January and March, <em>The Bristol Story</em> is aimed at readers from around 11 years of age. Copies of the specially commissioned graphic novel are being distributed through libraries, museums and local businesses.</p><p>Previous years&#39; Great Reading Adventure titles (either set in Bristol, by a Bristol author or about issues of interest to Bristol) included Louis Stevenson&#39;s <em>Treasure Island</em>, John Wyndham&#39;s <em>The Day of the Triffids</em> and Helen Dunmore&#39;s <em>The Siege</em>. </p>