Illiteracy - the intellectual cancer
Get the nation reading. A great idea we
all support. However, we need to get the
nation reading including the one in five who
cannot. Eradicating illiteracy, which I
consider an intellectual cancer, should be
our top priority and it is now part of The
People’s Book Prize’s constitution.
At last year’s People’s Book Prize Awards
the public voted for YES WE CAN READ written
by Libby Coleman and Nick Ainley. By
awarding it the Special Achievement Prize
we recognised the importance of this
YES WE CAN READ enables anyone who
can read fluently to teach a non-reader aged
8 – 80 within 6 months or less, one-to-one.
Many success stories: the oldest learner is
74 and the youngest coach is 11.
dream became a reality when TPBP 2010
Non-Fiction First Award Winner, Brett
Alegre-Wood, author of bestselling book THE
3 + 1 PLAN handed TPBP a cheque for £5,000
for us to purchase copies of YES WE CAN
Please sponsor a winner
and share your passion for reading and the
determination to improve somebody’s quality
of life: £35 can make that happen for one
person. He or she will keep in touch with
his/her progress and it will be a rewarding
experience to know that you have been able
to make a difference.
All the best. Tatiana
The People's Book Prize
Why was it
- to give authors a better chance of
- to create a unique space where
publishers can showcase their author's
- to give the British public the
opportunity to choose Britain's next
Bestsellers and discover new talent
- to support libraries and encourage
to celebrate reading
- to get people reading: anybody and
everybody can be part of the People's
Book Prize and take an active role
champion new authors and showcase new
and unknown works.
- To secure a transparent democratic
process, empowering the public to vote
with confidence for the nation’s next
bestsellers and writers of tomorrow.
- To engage the community and raise
the profile of independent publishers,
libraries and new writers, forming an
alliance with retailers to sell and
distribute winners’ books.
- To support literacy within schools
and by working with The People’s Book
Prize writers to visit schools and
conduct community workshops within
libraries and bookshops.
- To foster a love of reading and
inspire the next generation of Britain’s
best untapped writing talent.
- To invest in a writing competition
across three age groups.
- In partnership, to host an event to
raise awareness about the state of
literacy and literature in the UK.
- To eradicate illiteracy. The Special
Achievement Award 2011 recognised this
and demonstrates how The Prize can make
In the words of our Founding Patron, Dame
Beryl Bainbridge DBE “I look forward to
the time when we mention this particular
prize as the greatest”.