Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parsons Backs Camilla to Help the Children Who Never Read

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parsons Backs Camilla to Help the Children Who Never Read

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Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent

GET LONDON READING Evening Standard Campaign AUTHOR Tony Parsons has joined the Duchess of Cornwall to demand an end to the "cultural apartheid" of adult illiteracy.

He said the one in five adults who is unable to read often results from parents failing to read to their children which he said was "criminal" and like "sending your child to school with no shoes".

The author of Man and Boy, who joined Camilla at a reading class for Transport for London staff, is one of several novelists to write an easy-toread short book -- Beyond the Bounty -- as part of the Quick Reads scheme, an initiative for adults who have difficulty reading.

Parsons told the Standard: "It's a national tragedy the number of children that never read.

"To me, that is the greatest shocking statistic of all -- the number of children never read to. It's criminal.

"I don't think it's a campaign that can ever end in my lifetime, but it's a campaign that we can be winning. …

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