A keen reader has won more than £100 worth of books in a competition launched by the Newport store to mark the 2017 Specsavers Bestseller Book Awards.

A lovely surprise

Stuart Dunlop, 54, from Haverfordwest, scooped the prize by correctly guessing that the answer to the question, ‘Who wrote the vegetarian cook book, Plenty?’ was Yotam Ottelenghi. The competition had run in the South Wales Argus newspaper.

The awards were re-launched in January 2017, in partnership with Neilson Book and The Sunday Times, and for the first time celebrated books’ success based solely on popularity and sales.

Platinum status was awarded to books that had achieved more than a million sales in 2016, while Gold awards were given to books with sales of more than 500,000 and Silver awards to those that had sold more than 250,000.

Books offered as part of Mr Dunlop’s prize included ‘How to be a Woman’ by best-selling author and Gold award winner Caitlin Moran, two of Platinum-award winner David Walliams’ children’s books, ‘Awful Auntie’ and ‘Demon Dentists’, as well as the aforementioned silver bestseller ‘Plenty’.

‘I didn’t expect to win this competition at all,’ said Mr Dunlop. ‘It was a lovely surprise. This will certainly keep me occupied over the summer!’

Natural affinity between reading and eye care

Jason Williams, store director at Specsavers in Newport, said: ‘Many of our customers enjoy getting stuck into a new book, and there is an obvious connection between good eye health, spectacles and reading, so we were delighted to be involved in such a great competition.’

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