Free book bonanza to boost reading

Dutch libraries are to give away 575,000 copies of a 1973 best-seller as part of a campaign to get more people to read and talk about books.

Between today and mid-November, a free copy of novel Dubbelspel (Double Play) by Antillian writer Frank Martinus Arion can be picked up from libraries nationwide. The multi-layered book centres on the weekly game of dominos between four men on the island of Curaçao. With one book for every 30 citizens, the library association hopes to emulate the sucess of similar book give-aways in the US and Europe.

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