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Last Updated: Saturday April 02 2005 09:53 GMT

Footballers name their fave books

David James with his fave book The Hobbit
Top footballers like Ryan Giggs and Freddie Ljungberg have named their favourite books in a bid to get families to read together more.

The players chose all kinds of different books, from kids' stories to biographies written by world leaders.

United's Ryan Giggs' fave book is A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Ljungberg's is Cars, Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry.

The footballers all signed up for the scheme to help make reading cool.

John Terry's fave book is Cool!
A spokesman for the scheme, called Premier League Reading Stars, said it was such a good idea because it "uses passion for football to introduce reading for pleasure as a fun family activity".

Other players' fave books are:

  • Mark Delaney from Aston Villa - The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
  • Stephen Clemence from Birmingham City - The Twits by Roald Dahl
  • John Terry from Chelsea - Cool! by Michael Morpurgo
  • Moritz Volz from Fulham - The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • Chris Kirkland from Liverpool - There's a Viking in My Bed by Jeremy Strong
  • David James from Manchester City - The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • Steven Taylor from Newcastle United - Keeper by Mal Peet
  • David Prutton from Southampton - The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

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