Park, ride, read and return for a new book for Cambridge World Book Day celebrations

PUBLISHED: 11:03 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:04 02 March 2017

RMG Photography - February 2017

Campbell Ross-Bain, Park & Ride Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council (Far L), Zoe Paget from Stagecoach (Centre) and the Manager of Heffers of Cambridge, David Robinson (Centre L) are joined by authors, Meena Van Praag (Far R) and Julian Sedgwick(Centre R) to launch the Park & Read scheme at the Trumpington Park & Ride site in Cambridge.
Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography

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RMG Photography - February 2017 Campbell Ross-Bain, Park & Ride Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council (Far L), Zoe Paget from Stagecoach (Centre) and the Manager of Heffers of Cambridge, David Robinson (Centre L) are joined by authors, Meena Van Praag (Far R) and Julian Sedgwick(Centre R) to launch the Park & Read scheme at the Trumpington Park & Ride site in Cambridge. Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography RMG Photography - Tel : 07798 758711

Richard Marsham - RMG Photography Tel - 07798 758711

A book swap at the five Cambridge Park & Ride sites is encouraging people to join in celebrations for World Book Day, today.

Heffers book shop on Trinity Street has donated over 200 books to kick-start the book exchange shelves.

The Park & Read book exchanges cater for all ages and tastes in a bid to encourage everyone to enjoy the pleasures of a good book during their bus journey or commute.

David Robinson, manager of Heffers, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved with this fantastic Park & Read campaign. Anything that celebrates and encourages reading is a wonderful thing.”

The literary incentive scheme has been applauded by local authors including children’s thriller writer Julian Sedgwick (the Mysterium trilogy) and popular fiction writer Menna van Praag (The House At The End Of Hope Street, The Witches Of Cambridge).

Zoe Paget, operations director of Stagecoach East, said: “The Park & Read book exchanges are an added and very useful extra to help make our passengers’ journeys as enjoyable as possible – and we are extremely grateful to Heffers for their very generous donation.

“Travelling by bus really is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a good book – whether you’re relaxing on your own or out with the kids. That’s something you just can’t do if you’re stuck behind the wheel of a car!”

Classic children’s titles include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Claudine At St Clares by Enid Blyton, Emil And The Detectives by Erich Kastner, the Belinda And The Bears early reader series by Kaye Umansky as well as Julian Sedgwick’s latest thrillers for 9+-year-olds, Ghosts of Shanghai and Shadow Of The Yangtze.

Adult page-turners include The Matisse Stories by AS Byatt, Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith and Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen to name just a few.

Park & Riders are also being invited to bring in their own pre-loved books to swap for something new.

The Park & Read book exchanges are located inside the site buildings of the five Park & Ride sites at Babraham, Trumpington, Madingley Road, Milton and Newmarket Road.

Author Julian Sedgwick, who is also supporting Park & Read, told us: “As both a writer and a former Heffers bookseller, I wholeheartedly support the Park and Read campaign. There’s never been a better time to escape into a story – or, conversely, a better way to find out about other lives and worlds. And still nothing does that better than a book. Grab any chance to read…”

Send pictures of your World Book Day celebrations to newsdesk@iliffemedia.co.uk.

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