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Take a literary Journey to the Lost World

Readers in Glasgow and Edinburgh will be able to pick up free copies of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World from schools, libraries, businesses, cafes, pubs and restaurants across the cities.

image courtesy of Aardman Animations Ltd 2008 – www.aardman.com

The cities are joining other areas across the UK as part of the largest collaborative reading campaign ever held in the UK with a total of 200,000 free books to be distributed to the public in the participating areas in February and March 2009.

Cover of Darwin Biog book

The Lost World is the Edinburgh-born author’s gripping adventure story, which follows the journey of Professor Challenger and his companions in search of a lost world in South America and their exciting encounters with dinosaurs and primitive man. The choice of book, combining adventure with the theories of evolution, is a combined celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 150th birthday and Charles Darwin’s bicentenary. 

Four new books have been created as part of the reading campaign. Two versions of The Lost World have been produced – a paperback and a special quick read edition. A comic biography of Darwin’s life will also be available, as well as a reader’s guide which looks at Darwin, Conan Doyle, dinosaurs and fossils, as well as evolutionary themes in British science fiction. The campaign artwork features Wallace and Gromit, designed and donated by Aardman Animations.

The Lost World Read 2009 will run throughout February and March 2009 and includes a public programme of more than 100 events across the UK.  There are talks, exhibitions, workshops, walking tours, plays, films and public performances covering The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Darwin and a web-based animation project – The Lost Book.

Darwin - a graphic biography

In Edinburgh the campaign is managed by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, while in Glasgow the campaign is forming part of the Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Book Festival both of which are supported by the Scottish Arts Council.

Full details of all the events and where you can claim your free copy of the book visit The Lost World Read website, which will be launched on Friday 30th January 2009. 

see also
* Lost World Read website
* Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
* aye write!
* Aardman animations
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