11/7/11 - GUARDIAN UK
|“|| What's the most number of people you've read a book with? A few, with brothers or sisters or friends? Maybe 20 or 30 in your class at school?
Anthony Horowitz, bestselling author of the Alex Rider series of books, is hoping that hundreds of readers are going to gather in London next week to break a record – the world's longest reading relay.
They will all be reading one line each from his new Diamond Brothers short story, The Double Eagle Has Landed, and he needs more than 290 readers to gather at Waterstone's Piccadilly, London, at 9am on Thursday to beat the record, currently held by Austria.
"I have a dislike of the worthy approach to literacy – all those government ministers furrowing their brows…" says Horowitz. "If you want to promote the fun of reading then make it fun, and attempting slightly crazy Guinness Book of Records feats are always fun. I'm afraid October 13 will be a sad day for Austria as we smash the record and fly the flag for the UK."It's all in aid of Read for RNIB Day to raise awareness of reading services for blind and partially sighted people and so the relay will include people reading their lines from giant print, audio and braille as well as standard print.