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Thursday 7 March Updated Thursday 19 February

Be well read with the Hammers

World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. What better way to mark the occasion than with your beloved West Ham United.

In association with the Literacy Trust and the Premier League Reading Stars initiative, Hammers midfielder Matt Taylor took time out to share his love for literature and even revealed his all-time favourite children's book.

"For me, one of my favourite aspects of reading is learning," said Taylor. "I still thoroughly enjoy reading and I have young children of my own and it's important for me to be able to read to them.

"On every away trip we spend hours travelling to games and I enjoy using that time to read, whether it's an autobiography or a magazine.

"Reading and writing go hand in hand and they're essential skills that will take you a long way in life to maybe achieving your dreams, whether that is wanting to be a footballer or even an author.

"Roald Dahl's 'James and the Giant Peach' is my favourite book from my childhood. I was introduced to his books at Primary School and I love them because they're so imaginative and the detailed descriptions mean you can picture the goings on of the book in your mind. That was very important for me as a child."

Taylor added: "Hopefully I can encourage everyone out there to want to read a bit more."

'David Gold - Triumph over Adversity', written by Robin M Pilley, has arrived just in time for World Book Day and tells the story of poverty, a story of faith and hope, a story of friendship, love and betrayal but overall a story of courage. Ultimately, it is a story of triumph over adversity. It is the story of David Gold, Joint-Chairman of West Ham United.

The booklet is just £2.99 and available from official store along with a selection of other books which you can view here - officialwesthamstore.com/books

So, what are you waiting for? Visit our online shop or any of our three stores - Stadium Superstore, Lakeside Thurrock or Liberty Romford - and join the World Book Day celebration today.

World Book Day

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