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Be Inspired by RNLI Book Collection

Poole Central Library looks forward to welcoming Paul Boissier, Chief Executive of the RNLI, to launch his favourite book collection on 22 January 2014.

Paul was asked to choose his favourite books, for Poole Library Service to use as a new collection for the library. He’s chosen 100 gems – from Patrick O’Brien’s 'Master and Commander' to Paul Hollywood’s 'How to Bake' with a collection including history, poetry, travel and The Mariner’s Handbook.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "The RNLI is one of Poole's flagship organisations and it is fantastic to work with their Chief Executive on this fabulous project. I look forward to viewing Paul's collection and working my way through his books." 

Paul will launch his collection at Poole Central Library on Wednesday 22 January at 7.30pm.  Come and join us to hear Paul’s stories about the books that have inspired him and his work with the RNLI, and then borrow the books and be inspired in turn.

Paul Boissier, Chief Executive, RNLI, said: "I really enjoyed choosing these books.  All my life I have been an avid reader; sometimes when I went to sea with the Navy for six months on end, I would just raid the bookshelves of our parents and uncles, and take boxfuls of books with me in my cabin.  I always had a rule that I would pick up a book at random and unless it was really terrible, I would read it through to the end, no matter what the subject. This collection contains my favourite books. They are the books which have cast my personality over the years. If I had to choose my favourite it would be Erskine Childers’ 'Riddle of the Sands', a book I must have read ten times at least, which is always a delight to read again.

"I am genuinely grateful to Poole Libraries for giving me a chance to choose these books, and it has been an absolute delight to work with Poole on this project.  I really hope that you like these books as much as I have."

The booklist will be available in all Poole Libraries and our library webpage from 23 January, and the books can be reserved through any library.