Book-lover bags fantastic prize

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A lucky bookworm from St Helens has bagged a stack of books after winning a council-run library competition.

Melissa Terry, from Blackbrook, was selected at random to win 24 books, made up of novels, children’s classics, autobiographies and cookery books - all donated by the publishers and authors -as part of a competition throughout advent.

Through the St Helens Libraries' social media advent calendar, one suggested book a day for customers to enjoy was revealed via Twitter and Facebook.

To enter the competition to win all of the books, entrants were required to ‘like’ ‘comment’ or ‘share’ the calendar on the Library Services’ Twitter and Facebook pages.

All the books featured on the advent calendar are also available to borrow from St Helens Libraries, either by calling in to your nearest library or placing a request using the online catalogue (

Customers can then collect their requests from their nearest library when they are available.

Sue Williamson, Head of Library Services for St Helens Council, said: “Congratulations to Melissa on winning this competition! The list of books should certainly keep her going a while.

“This competition has allowed us to bring the wide range of fascinating books we have on offer in our libraries to the attention of the public.

“We'd also like to thank all the publishers and authors for being so generous - it really reflected the spirit of Christmas.

“We hope that the competition will inspire even more people to follow us on Twitter and

Facebook in 2016!”

Books won were:

· The Bolds - by Julian Clary

· Spectacles - by Sue Perkins

· The Rest of Us Just Live Here - by Patrick Ness

· The Marble Collector - by Cecelia Ahern

· Where My Heart Used to Beat - by Sebastian Faulks

· A Boy Called Christmas - by Matt Haig

· A Christmas Cracker - by Trisha Ashley

· The Gruffalo's Child - by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

· A Snow Garden and Other Stories - by Rachel Joyce

· Grandpa's Great Escape - by David Walliams

· Make Me - by Lee Child

· The Hairy Bikers Meat Feasts

· I Will Love You Anyway - by Mick and Chole Inkpen

· According to Yes - by Dawn French

· Slade House - by David Mitchell

· Orion and the Dark - by Emma Yarlett

· Call the Midlife - by Chris Evans

· The Astounding Broccoli Boy - by Frank Cottrell Boyce

· Absolute Pandemonium - by Brian Blessed

· Poo in the Zoo - by Steve Smallman

· The Snow Sister - by Emma Carroll

· Even Dogs in the Wild - by Ian Rankin

· Will You Remember Me? - by Amanda Prowse

· The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - by Robert Tressell