It’s nearly here. Thursday 23rd April is World Book Night 2015. It’s the time to celebrate and promote books and reading.
Thousands of books from the list (see below) are given away on the night to encourage the 35% of people who do not read regularly. The list therefore includes lots of different kinds of books, so there is something that will appeal everyone. World Book Night seems to be fading in other countries, but in the UK we have the Reading Agency to keep it strong.
Members and staff of the Society of Authors is taking part in an event at Shelter from the Storm, a free London homeless shelter.
Here is the list of books for World Book Night 2015:
- After the Fall by Charity Norman (Allen and Unwin)
- Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton (Constable, Little, Brown)
- Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (HarperCollins)
- Chickenfeed by Minette Walters (Pan Macmillan)
- Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson (Head of Zeus)
- Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle (Quick Read) (Vintage)
- Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (Pan Macmillan)
- Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy, ed Neil Astley (Bloodaxe)
- Honour by Elif Shafak (Penguin)
- My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher (Orion / Hachette Children’s)
- Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante (Simon & Schuster)
- Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle (Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House)
- Skellig by David Almond (Hachette Children’s)
- Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Börjlind (Hesperus)
- Street Cat Bob by James Bowen(Quick Read) (Hodder)
- The Martian by Andy Weir (Penguin)
- The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington (Canongate)
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Penguin)
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (John Murray)
- When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman (Headline)
What can you do for World Book Night?
Visit the World Book Night 2015 web page.
Read a book from the list.
Aim to read the whole list before World Book Night 2016.
Give a friend a book from the list.
Give two friends two books from the list.
Buy all the listed books that you don’t already own.
Suggest reading a book from the list in your reading group.
Make a donation to support World Book Night.
Leave a book from the list on a train, in a café or in some other public place to be found by a stranger.
Read a book from the list that you wouldn’t have read if it wasn’t included.
Send the link to this post by Twitter to all your followers.
Read all the books on the list by women (the proportion has increased from previous years, according to #readwomen2014).
I first blogged about World Book Night 2015 last December. You can read that blogpost here.
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