We’re a national charity that wants to bring about a Reading Revolution, so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which we believe is a tool for helping humans survive and live well.
For thousands of years, literature has helped humans to find meaning and connection by providing a powerful language to explore our inner thoughts and feelings. Today, many of us don’t have the time, concentration or inclination to read. Yet at the same time, we’re experiencing an epidemic of mental ill health, stress and depression, and despite technological advances, many of us feel disconnected from each other.
We believe that literature’s unique power has the potential to connect individuals, help us feel better and to rebuild lost social bonds.
We are building a Reading Revolution, bringing people together and books to life in order to make warmer, healthier, stronger communities.
Through a growing movement of 1,000 volunteers and partners, we bring thousands of people together each week to share and discuss great novels, short stories and poems. We call this Shared Reading.
Every book sold at The Reader Shop is for a good cause – with profits gifted to Shared Reading projects across the UK.
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