World War I story wins Lancashire vote

This year's choice for Lancashire Reads
This year's choice for Lancashire Reads
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You’ll be gripped by a stunning First World War tale from a master storyteller.

Private Peaceful by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo is this year’s selection for Lancashire Reads.

The book recounts the memories of a young First World War soldier, Private Tommo Peaceful, from his early childhood adventures in rural Devon to the battles and injustices of war on the frontline.

The novel was chosen by staff from the county council’s libraries, museums, archives and community heritage teams.

More than 20 titles were originally submitted which were then reduced to a shortlist of 10 which the staff read and discussed before agreeing that Private Peaceful would be the Lancashire Read for 2014.

County Councillor Julie Gibson, lead member for libraries and cultural services, said: “With this year marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Private Peaceful is a wonderful choice.”

Lancashire Reads will be launched in libraries on Thursday March 6 to coincide with World Book Day.