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Books play huge role in democratic society

Amid fevered news coverage of the snap general election, we were encouraged to learn of the surge in young people registering to vote after the PM's announcement.

This interest in politics among 16 to 24-year-olds mirrors The Reading Agency's own research, which also points to a growing political interest among young people.

We found that 16 to 24-year-olds are more likely than any other age group to turn to a book during times of political uncertainty.

Books are a companion through life's ups and downs and when it comes to emotional roller coasters, few things could compete with the last year in politics.

Books have a huge role to play in our democratic society, providing access to ideas, different points of view and the opportunity to think creatively about our own rights and the rights of others.

So it's inspiring to see so many young people turning to reading for information, insight and reassurance during these uncertain political times.

sue wilkinson

CEO, The Reading Agency

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