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  I was an OOTP speed reader!
Updated 21 June 2003, 16.01
Laura speed reading
Laura was among a team of 11 speed readers who started whizzing through OOTP minutes after it was published.

"We tried to rest on Friday, but we wanted to keep our adrenalin going. We practised speed reading and looked at magazines.

I don't think anyone went to sleep because that would have made us more tired.

We got a taxi to the book store at about 10.30pm. We were ushered in the back door.

Drinks and sweets

The staff had set a special section for us in the children's part of the store. We had drinks and sweets to keep us going.

We'd done about eight hours training for the speed reading. They gave us the books at 12.02am. The atmosphere was tense. Everyone was nervous.

We did the speed reading in 45 minute sessions, with breaks in between.

The first 45 minutes dragged, but that was because the book drags a bit at the start. Half way through, I was thinking, 'how long have we got left?'


By the second session, I was really into it. My friend and I had nearly finished when it was time for the break. We really didn't want to put our books down.

We finished OOTP about 10 minutes into the third session - at about 2.20am. Then we did a quiz to see how much we had remembered.

The quiz was hard, but I got 11 out of 30. I want to read the book slowly now.

I enjoyed the speed reading, but I don't think I'll be doing it again for a while. It was exhausting!"

Laura, 14, Shepshed

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