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I’ve always thought of reading as a form of escape.

A book can transport you to another place and time, opening whole new worlds.

I’ve just spent a week in 1960s Mississippi thanks to Kathryn Stockett’s excellent bestseller The Help.

The oppressive heat of the American South is matched by the oppressive politics of segregation.

Reading is also one of the few pleasures in life that’s free, thanks to libraries like our fantastic new one in Worksop.

So if you want to escape the gloom of a British winter, try heading to Memorial Avenue and borrowing a book.

You never know where you might end up.