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A book sale with a twist is happening at Milton Village Hall for Read for RNIB day.

The day aims to raise money to buy braille and large print books for people with a visual impairment, and on Saturday, October 12 from 10am to 2pm Catherine Benham’s sale will feature a ‘blind date with a book’ stand as well as conventional stalls.

The ‘blind date’ books are wrapped in plain paper with only a few words to describe their contents, and Catherine hopes this will stop people judging books by their cover.

Each book has been entered into Book Crossing, a system in which books are given codes and can be tracked online as they are passed from reader to reader.

The idea is that people leave the books in public places when they have finished with them, so they are passed on.

There will also be a silent auction selling books signed by authors, including editions by David Walliams, John Le Carre, Jasper Fforde, Alexander McCall Smith and Lee Child.