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Liverpool 08 bestseller back in store

Liverpool ’08 bestseller back in store

Merseyside’s best selling book – the Liverpool ’08 Official Guide – returns to the shelves after its first print run sold out in less than a month.

The 202-page publication, which retails at £5, stunned publishing experts by outstripping other best sellers such as ‘On Chesil Beach’ and ‘The Kite Runner’ – without being on sale in traditional book stores like Borders or Waterstones.

The official guide to the 2008 European Capital of Culture charts more than 350 events – 70% of which are free – including many World, European and UK premieres, complete with listings information, maps and a detailed five-page calendar. The full-colour guide takes a thematic and chronological approach to ’08 with sections on Music, Literature, Art, Streets, Stage, Participation, Conversation, Sport and Exploring. There is also a section on the cultural offer of Merseyside and North West in 2008.

Due to unprecedented demand, including more than 2,000 pre-ordered copies, the guide has been distributed further afield to:

* More than 2,000 newsagents in North West, Wales and Chester regions
* Liverpool outlets of WH Smith, Waterstones and Borders
* Official online shop at and
* 08 Place, Albert Dock Visitor Information Centre and Liverpool John Lennon Airport Information Desk
* St George’s Hall Heritage Centre
* Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock
* Metropolitan Cathedral
* Anglican Cathedral
* Impressions of Liverpool at Albert Dock and John Lennon Airport
* News from No Where Bookshop, Bold St
* LFC official stores and on-line at
* Museums and Galleries of National Museums Liverpool
* FACT, Wood Street
* Stanfords, Covent Garden
* Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street
* Mersey Travel ticketing outlets
* Ethel Austin outlets across the North West

The Liverpool ’08 guide, which was designed by Liverpool company Finch, is part of a family of publications. The Liverpool Culture Company is also producing four, free seasonal guides – the first of which lists events until March. A 100,000 copies of these are available across the region’s Tourist Information Centres and cultural attractions.