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Anthony Horowitz aims for reading world record

11th October 2011

Bestselling children's author Anthony Horowitz is hoping to break a world record this week when he gathers hundreds of people together to read his new novel.

The attempt to break the reading relay world record is set to take place in London on Thursday (October 13th), when the many readers in attendance will read from The Double Eagle has Landed - the latest instalment in the Diamond Brothers series.

It will involve each person reading a line in turn until the novel is complete, with the queue returning to the start once every person has read aloud.

Horowitz said he is hoping to 'smash' the current world record – held by the 290 people who gathered in Vienna, Austria, last year to read from Asli Bayram's Grenzganger.

'If you want to promote the fun of reading, then make it fun, and attempting slightly crazy Guinness Book of Records feats is always fun. I'm afraid October 13th will be a sad day for Austria as we smash the record and fly the flag for the UK,' he added.

The event is being held to in aid of Read for RNIB Day, which raises awareness of reading services for blind and partially-sighted people, such as large print, braille and audio options.

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