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Never Seconds

by Martha Payne and David Payne

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Kevin McRoberts

IT started out as a simple blog about her school lunches, turned into a worldwide news story, and has gone on to raise tens of thousands to help change the lives of children in Africa.

Never Seconds is the remarkable story of Martha Payne, who sparked one of the biggest stories of the year when a council attempted to ban her blog. Such was the outcry, the council was forced to back down, and it generated so much publicity that her blog attracted seven million hits and raised huge amounts of money for her favourite charity, Mary’s Meals.

This book, written by Martha and her dad, David, is an absorbing and moving account of an extraordinary year in which the family was thrust into the media spotlight and travelled to Malawi to see how Mary’s Meals is transforming the lives of so many children. Through it all, Martha’s parents ensured she wasn’t dazzled by the media spotlight, highlighted by the family’s decision to go camping after rejecting a Hollywood film offer.

It’s an uplifting read – and the added bonus is every copy sold provides 25 school dinners for children in Malawi through a donation to Mary’s Meals.