Inmates at Lincoln Prison will be able to celebrate World Book Night this Saturday by being offered a book to read.
World Book Night on March 5 follows World Book Day—an event where over one million books are given away internationally.
In Lincoln, Licensing Officer Sgt Jock Watt has 50 copies of Stuart – A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters to give to prisoners, staff and the public.
The book is about Stuart, a master criminal. However, the plot is written backwards to try and find out where his life went wrong.
After giving copies to the prison, Watt will be in Waterstones on the High Street this Saturday evening, handing out leftover copies.
Sgt Watt said: “I was watching one of my favourite authors being interviewed on TV talking about World Book Night and thought it was a great idea.
“The aim is to try and introduce someone to a book that might not read it otherwise and the cells aren’t a bad place to start.
“The novel is also pretty apt and might provoke a bit of thought if we get any takers.
“Later in the evening I’ll be on hand to chat to people at Waterstones about the book, so if anyone would like a copy then just come along and see me.”
Sgt Watt will be in Waterstones from 7pm onwards.