World Book Night UK and Ireland 2013 – April 23rd


WorldBookNight2013 Tonight is World Book Night UK and Ireland!

For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is “a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed books in their communities to share their love of reading…World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: it’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the sharing of stories.”

Basically, every year, some very generous authors and publishers try to get us reading by giving away millions of books. I got involved with this a few years ago and, although it was a little daunting at first,  it turned out to be a lot of fun. The initiative started in the UK but now it’s spread to the USA too. Click here for more info. There will also be flagship reading events in Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and Cambridge with lots of authors (and some celebrities) involved.

Books on offer this year (of which I am ashamed to say I’ve only read one) are:

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

A Little History of the World by E.H Gombrich

Little Face by Sophie Hannah

Damage by Josephine Hart

The Island by Victoria Hislop

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

Last Night Another Soldier… by Andy McNab

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Reader by Bernard Schlink

No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner

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