World Book Night 2015

Article published on March 31, 2015.

After the recent success of World Book Day – the children’s initiative – it’s time for the adult event. Various pubs, churches, arts centres and, it has to be said those absolute stalwarts, libraries are hosting events on April 23rd and you can find what’s happening local to you here

It’s too late to be a volunteer but now is the time to support the initiative on your doorstep – and the chances are you may acquire one of this year’s 20 free books. With such a wide range to choose from there’s something for everybody.

More importantly, as World Book Night is now run by national charity, The Reading Agency, they also want to raise awareness of other opportunities to get involved in reading in local communities. 95% of previous volunteers said they thought it laudable. After all, we all believe in the value and importance of reading – and here’s a chance to share that enthusiasm with others currently less fortunate.

80,000 books were given away last year by volunteers – were you one of them? And are you doing it again this year? If so we would like to know – awaits your account of the highs, the lows, the tears, the joy. What was the popular choice, which was the doozie . . . and here’s this year’s selection of  books

After the Fall by Charity Norman
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Chickenfeed by Minette Walters (Quick Read)
Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson
Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle (Quick Read)
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy, Neil Astley (ed.)
Honour by Elif Shafak
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante
Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
Skellig by David Almond
Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Börjlind
Street Cat Bob by James Bowen (Quick Read)
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

And if you’re a library or bookshop organising an event send us some copy  on what you’re planning and we’ll upload it.

For further information visit the World Book Night website or ask a librarian or bookseller.

Guy Pringle


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