Author Edna O'Brien
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Author Edna O'Brien on one million book giveaway

One million books are being given away in the UK and Ireland to mark the inaugural World Book Night.

Author Edna O'Brien told the BBC's David Sillito she welcomed the scheme as a way of encouraging people to read.

"If young people and for that matter not young people were to stop reading, banality would spread like the plague," she said.

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