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Young Norfolk bookseller recognised with national award

PUBLISHED: 08:52 19 July 2019 | UPDATED: 08:52 19 July 2019

Jacob Tunks from Wymondham has been awarded the James Patterson’s Young Bookseller Special Achievement Award. Photo: Ketts Books

Jacob Tunks from Wymondham has been awarded the James Patterson's Young Bookseller Special Achievement Award. Photo: Ketts Books

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Best-selling author James Patterson has announced a teenager from Norfolk as the winner of a national bookseller award.

Jacob Tunks, 16, from Wymondham, has been a volunteer at community bookshop Ketts Books in the town for three years, and was nominated for the James Patterson Young Bookseller Special Achievement Award by his co-workers.

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The award, created by best selling fiction writer James Patterson, recognises the outstanding contribution of booksellers under the age of 25 who have worked in a bookshop for a year or more.

Mr Tunks was one of 20 winners, who all received a prize of £500.

The 16-year-old said: "It has been a privilege to volunteer at Kett's Books for the last three years. This award was totally out of the blue, I was unaware that I had been nominated let alone win. The fact that I have been recognised and appreciated for that is really touching."

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