World Book Night began in 2011 and runs every year on the 23rd April coinciding with UNESCO’s International Day of the Book and the death of William Shakespeare. The premise is simple: get people reading. According to survey figures 39% of adults do not read regularly and through partnerships nationwide the Reading Agency is hosting events and book giveaways to celebrate and our incredible literary culture and encourage reading. An extra emphasis is being created this year on inclusivity and encouraging engagement in all areas of society with books to be given away in care homes, youth centres, colleges, prisons, public libraries, mental health groups and many more places across the breadth of the country.

The list of this years books has now been released! Chosen and paid for by publishers through recommendations from surveys the following books will be distributed nationwide:

  • A Very Distant Shore, Jenny Colgan (Quick Reads, Romance)
  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen: 83 ¼ Years Old, (Humour)
  • Raven Black, Ann Cleeves, (Crime, Mystery and Thriller)
  • False Nine, Philip Kerr, (Crime, Mystery and Thriller)
  • The Last Act of Love, Cathy Retzenbrink, (Memoir)
  • The Traitor, Jonathan Holt, (Crime, Mystery and Thriller)
  • Persepholis, Marjane Satrapi, (Graphic Novel)
  • Orangeboy, Patrick Lawrence, (Young Adult)
  • Faded Glory, David Essex, (Saga Fiction)
  • The Bones of Grace, Tahmima Anan, (Literary Fiction)
  • One False Move, Dreda Say Mitchell, (Quick Reads)
  • The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, Vaseem Khan, (Crime, Mystery and Thriller)
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley, (Young Adult)
  • My Loverman, Bernadine Evaristo, (Literary Fiction)
  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, (Classics)
  • The Beach Cafe, Lucy Diamond, (Romance)
  • Payback, Kimberly Chambers, (Crime, Mystery and Thriller)
  • Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy, Helen Fielding, (Humour)
  • Wonder, R. J. Palacio (Young Adult)
  • The Good Son, Paul McVeigh (Literary Fiction)
  • Streets of Darkness, A. A. Dhand (Crime, Mystery and Thriller)
  • The Missing, C.L. Taylor (Crime, Mystery and Thriller)

And you can get involved! You could hold your own book club around one of these texts, or other literary themed evening. World Book Night are trying this year to reach out and match books with new readers getting books out to targeted audiences. In order to help with this you can volunteer to give out World Book Night Books or you can donate your own favourites through their website. There are also events being held up and down the country with many of the authors giving talks, poetry evenings and other themed evenings. Information regarding events and ways that you can donate or volunteer can be found here.

“Because everything changes when we read.”