‘Footsteps of Giants’ book ‘running’ off shelves

A special book capturing Liverpool’s most successful ever event has been flying off the shelves.

In the footsteps of GIANTS, a glossy 104 page book re-living Sea Odyssey – Liverpool’s unforgettable event which commemorated the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic – has been so successful that there was a backlog of orders by the time a reprint was ordered.

In less than a month the first 2,000 editions of the book had sold out prompting publishers to order a reprint of a further 1,500 copies. The additional copies were sent into shops on 24 November and there are now limited numbers available.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the fantastic number of sales of this book.

“The response has been phenomenal and just goes to show how much the Little Girl Giant meant to the people of Liverpool. They took these three special visitors to their hearts and it is wonderful to know that so many people will have the book as a keepsake for many years to come. It will be something wonderful to show their children and grandchildren.

“I would urge anyone who is thinking of getting a copy of the book to make sure they do so before it sells out again.”

Waterstones in Liverpool One has been particularly successful with many shoppers picking up a copy no doubt as the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.

Commissioned by Liverpool City Council, the book is full of nearly 150 images, which re-trace the journey of the Little Girl Giant, her Uncle and mischievous dog Xolo as they travelled around the city during three very special days in April.

The beautiful pictures were taken by professional and amateur photographers. In May, the city council urged people who were part of the 800,000-strong crowds to send in stunning pictures they may have taken during the event. Hundreds were received and after weeks of deliberation, the images were whittled down to just 147.

The book, which costs £9.99, is still available to buy in the Tourist Information Centres in St George’s Hall
and Albert Dock, the Liverpool ONE information centre as well as Waterstones on Bold Street and in Liverpool ONE. National Museums Liverpool are also selling copies and they are available in the shops located in the Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, World Museum and Lady Lever Art Gallery.

It can also be ordered online at www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk and www.amazon.co.uk.

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