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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford launches children's book club

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

After his successful campaigning not once, but twice forced the UK government into a U-turn on policies to help feed children from low-income families, Marcus Rashford is launching a book club in 2021 to help kids enjoy "the escapism of reading."

(CNN)After his successful campaigning not once, but twice forced the UK government into a U-turn on policies to help feed children from low-income families, Marcus Rashford is launching a book club in 2021 to help kids enjoy "the escapism of reading. "

The Manchester United and England forward is working with publisher Macmillan Children's Books (MCB) to help provide more children from underprivileged backgrounds the opportunity to read.

"I only started reading at 17 and it completely changed my outlook and mentality," Rashford said in a statement.

"I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage in reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table. "

Rashford's book club will recommend titles that "will champion the works of young, emerging writers and illustrators from all backgrounds," said Macmillan.

"There were times as a child the escapism of reading could have really helped me," added Rashford.

READ: Marcus Rashford launches taskforce to continue fight against UK child poverty

Rashford's deal with MacMillan will also see the soccer star publish a range of fiction and non-fiction books.

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