Book News – World Book Night Is Approaching


The date for World Book night is approaching. The date to note in your diary is Thursday 23rd April. As on previous years hundreds of thousands of free books will be handed out at venues around the country. The titles have been announced and the application date to be sent books to hand out has gone by (Jan 30- How did I miss out on that?) As always the selected books are an interesting cross section. No real classics this time (on previous lists we’ve had Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Robert Louis Stevenson) and a couple of titles are classed as “Quick read” editions, but if the aim is to get reluctant readers reading then maybe this is not a bad idea. I’m very surprised to say I haven’t actually read any of the chosen titles this year, so probably I wouldn’t be the best person to volunteer to give out a chosen title. In previous years I would have liked to have copies to give out of great favourites of mine such as “Tales Of The City”, “The Book Thief”, “The Time Traveller’s Wife”, “Toast”, “Fingersmith” and “Tale Of Two Cities”. Has anyone applied/been selected for distribution duties for World Book Night? What title did you choose to champion? The books selected are:

  • 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
  • Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson
  • Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle
  • 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
  • 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

More details on the books and events can be found on the official website at

I know it’s called World Book Night but is this just a British thing?

2 thoughts on “Book News – World Book Night Is Approaching

  1. Thanks for the comment FictionFan. I suppose that’s the intention to get reluctant readers kickstarted back into reading with quick and easy reads. I must admit over the last couple of years I’ve seen some of the weightier choices appearing in charity shops soon after the event, looking distinctly unread. I’ll add “The Martian” to my to be read list! You never know maybe I’ll bump into someone on World Book Night handing out free copies!!


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