Here's how Hemel residents could win £149 eyecare voucher and 'Stories to Make you Smile' book

World Book Night, the annual celebration of books and reading, is on April 23

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 12:58 pm

To celebrate World Book Night - the annual celebration of books and reading - one lucky reader has the chance to win a new collection of short stories compiled by The Reading Agency together with Specsavers as well as a £149 eyecare voucher.

There will also be the chance for 24 runners up to receive a copy of the book - Stories to Make You Smile.

The eyecare voucher can be used towards the cost of a brand new pair of specs from Specsavers’ extensive ranges including its designer collections such as Levi’s and Superdry.

Chance to win “Stories to Make you Smile” book and £149 eyecare voucher

Writer, comedian, TV personality and literacy advocate Sandi Toksvig will be the lead ambassador for World Book Night - which will be celebrated on Friday, April 23.

This year’s theme, “Books To Make You Smile” is a response to the impact of Covid-19 on mental health, highlighting the proven power of reading and the benefits it brings to well-being, and coincides with the launch of the special commissioned book “Stories to Make You Smile”.

Now available for pre-order in various formats, the book will be released on World Book Night, with a free e-book version available to download on the day, and the audiobook narrated by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Notting Hill), Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton, Doctor Who), Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, James Bond) and Madhav Sharma (Eastenders) available for pre-order now ahead of release on World Book Night.

How will you celebrate World Book Night?

You can join The Reading Agency between 6pm and 9pm for two free events in partnership with the British Library - including a livestreamed event hosted by World Book Night ambassador Sandi Toksvig, featuring best-selling authors David Nicholls and Bolu Babalola - and the special #ReadingHour. Find out about the free, online events and how you can register to join here.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question below:

What is the name of the collection of short stories compiled by The Reading Agency together with Specsavers?

a) Stories to Make You Laugh

b) Stories to Make You Smile

c) Stories to Make You Happy.

Email your answer to [email protected] Please include 'Gazette & Express Specsavers Competition' in the email subject line.

The deadline for entry is Thursday, April 29.


- One winner will receive a copy of “Stories to Make You Smile” plus a £149 Specsavers eyecare voucher

- 24 runners up will receive a copy of “Stories to Make You Smile”

- The prize is non-transferable

- The prize cannot be exchanged for cash

- The eyecare voucher includes a free eye examination