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World Book Night 2015 – list of books announced


Now an annual tradition throughout the country and beyond, the next World Book Night takes place on 23 April 2015. This may seem a long time away, but as soon as the final decoration off the Christmas tree has been taken down it will come around quick!

World Book Night is a celebration of books that aims to share the joy of reading throughout local communities by putting books into the hands of those who wouldn’t or can’t normally go into a bookshop. Every year, passionate volunteers take special World Book Night editions of some famous books to give out for free and to try to inspire a lifelong love of reading in those lucky enough to receive them.

Full of bestselling books, this year’s World Book Night list has been announced – and there’s something for everyone, from Book People favourite M. C. Beaton’s cosy crime to Lynda La Plante’s original Prime Suspect and ponderings on life from the one and only Karl Pilkington. You can apply to be a volunteer at www.worldbooknight.org today.


World Book Night 2015 – the list:

Chickenfeed by Minette Walter

Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Honour by Elif Shafak

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy by Neil Astley

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington

Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle

Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Borjland

Skellig by David Almond

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

The Martian by Andy Weir

Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

After the Fall by Charity Norman

Street Cat Bob by James Bowen

World Book Night 2014

We’re almost at that time of year when the entire nation comes together to celebrate their love of reading for World Book Night. Taking place on Shakespeare’s birthday, 23 April, the event finds people across the world gifting special edition books to their local communities, putting books into the hands of those who may not normally have the chance to read – an ethos that the Book People is very much behind!

Every year, the organisers of World Book Night painstakingly choose a number of books that can be given out for free by a nationwide team of volunteers. Run by The Reading Agency, the mission of World Book Night is to give everyone the opportunity to become a reader and enjoy the benefits and opportunities in life that reading can provide.

Twenty specially chosen titles are now listed on the World Book Night website, so take a look – there is sure to be a title that a potential giver would like to share. Books are, of course, subjective – which is one of the great things about them – so great care is taken by the selection committee in choosing the titles that make the list. However, quite simply, the books are good, enjoyable, very readable and contain compelling narratives. Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, Adele Parks and Roald Dahl are just some of this year’s included authors.

With such highly regarded authors listed, even if you are not interested in volunteering, it would be recommended to take a look at the list – you’re sure to find a book worth exploring.

On the Book People website you will find the World Book Night-listed titles available for purchase, so share a book with someone less privileged and inspire them to become lovers of reading too.

An event to celebrate World Book Night

A group of enthusiastic bookworms joined in the celebrations for World Book Night at Aldershot’s West End Centre on 23 April. World Book Night books were given away, a book swap was arranged and there was even the chance for everyone to contribute to a collaborative story. The arts centre had arranged a flash fiction competition, where customers had the chance to write their own short stories, and the winner was also announced on the night.

Revolving around a quiz that covered everything from the classics to favourite children’s characters, the event also saw actors Nigel Munson and Zinta Gercans give readings from a selection of World Book Night titles, including Girl With a Pearl Earring, Casino Royale and The Knife of Never Letting Go. The charismatic actors really brought the pages to life with their takes on the famous characters and were extremely captivating to watch. There was also the chance for everyone to write down their favourite book and receive recommendations from their fellow book lovers. With so many different tastes and interests on display, hopefully everyone in attendance will be able to find a favourite new author through these suggestions.

The night ended with the two actors performing the collaborative short story that had been written during the course of the evening, and they acted out the unique twists and turns of the story with aplomb. All in all, a great night and occasion for people to share books and their love of literature, this was a fine way to mark 2013’s World Book Night and we suggest if there’s a WBN event taking place near you next year, make sure you attend.


Tracy Chevalier
Ian Fleming
Patrick Ness

World Book Night – our picks

Excitement for World Book Night is now at fever pitch, and all of us here at the Book People have been busy reading our way through the shortlist. Taking place on 23 April, which also happens to be William Shakespeare’s birthday, the event finds thousands of readers in communities throughout the UK, Ireland and the USA being gifted special-edition World Book Night books. A celebration of reading that aims to put books into the hands of those who might not read otherwise, the event has done wonders for the world of literature and is now a prestigious event in many readers’ calendars. Below, the Book People’s Editorial team have picked out their favourite books from this year’s stunning shortlist.

Robert Louis StevensonTreasure Island
‘Telling the story of Jim Hawkins’ journey on the ship Hispaniola in search of gold, Treasure Island is a book that has had such an effect on popular culture and the way that we view pirates. Thrilling, fast paced and full of adventure, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel features treasure maps, parrots and so many iconic characters, including the most famous pirate of them all – Long John Silver. The novel has also inspired a huge number of successful TV and film adaptations.’

Patrick NessThe Knife of Never Letting Go
‘The first book in the bestselling Chaos Walking trilogy, this is a dark and gripping tale about a boy called Todd Hewitt that has fully deserved all the awards it has won. Dark, dystopian fiction that raises many questions, this book may be aimed at Young Adults but anyone can be lured into the unsettling world of Prentisstown. Todd is the only boy left in the two and when he uncovers a life-threatening secret, he’s forced to go on the run – and things just go from bad to worse.’

‘It’s tricky to pick just two from these titles, but if push came to shove I’d have to say The Reader and The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency are two of my favourite must-read novels from this diverse list.’

Bernhard SchlinkThe Reader
‘Thought provoking, moving and elegant, Bernard Schlink’s The Reader is written from the perspective of Michael. The novel revisits his past as he remembers his love affair as a 15-year-old with 36-year-old Hanna Schmitz. Emotionally distant but physically intense, their relationship is startling and unique, and Michael’s vivid memories of Hanna haunt his future relationships with women. Years later, while Michael is studying law he sits in on a war crimes trial and is hit with all manner of emotions when he sees Hanna accused of allowing hundreds of Jewish women to die under her watch. As the trial unravels, Michael pieces together a grave secret about Hanna and soon he must make a heartbreaking decision…’

Alexander McCall SmithThe No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
‘The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith is a brilliant meshing of traditional Africa with the modern day. With the memorable Mma Precious Ramotswe at its heart, she is the go-to girl if you have a problem that needs to be solved in a way that no other can! Witty, wry and wonderfully written, these mysteries-with-a-twist will take you into deepest Botswana, wayward daughters and wild animals included!’

World Book Night

World Book Night takes place on 23 April and millions of people all across the world will have the chance to take part in this celebration of books. Tens of thousands of people will be gifting books to people throughout their communities to help spread the joy of reading. Celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the USA, this year’s list of 25 titles is exceptional and any book is sure to be enjoyed by anyone lucky enough to receive a copy. With such a tremendous array of books on offer, at the Book People we thought it would be nice to share our views on some of our favourites from the list.

The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak
Written by the Australian, Markus Zusak, The Book Thief is a quite extraordinary read that is fully deserving of the many awards it has won. Set during the Nazi regime, this is the story of nine year-old Liesel and her relationship with her foster family, as well as her penchant for stealing books. The hugely emotional story is surprisingly narrated with a great deal of warmth and humour by Death himself.

Notes from a Small IslandBill Bryson
Voted the book that best represents Britain back in a World Book Day poll in 2003, Notes from a Small Island found the intrepid travel writer Bill Bryson taking a final trip around Great Britain before moving back to his home country of the United States. A heart-warming homage to the country that is full of humour, Bryson lists a range of facts information on various areas.

MiseryStephen King
One of Stephen King’s most well-known novels, this psychological horror is one that sticks in the memory. Also made into a hit film starring Kathy Bates and James Caan, it tells the story of Paul Sheldon, the author of a bestselling series of book starring Misery Chastain. After a drink-driving car crash, he is seemingly ‘rescued’ and nursed by his number one fan Annie Wilkes. But she is not all she seems and what follows is a brutally dark tale of obsession.

Let the Right One InJohn Ajvide Lindqvist
A gripping, stylistic book from Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In tells the story of 12 year-old Oskar and the vampire child, Eli. Mixing elements of horror with a truly touching story of friendship, love, loneliness, growing up and rites of passage, there are many dark elements but they are all explored expertly in this finely crafted and distinctive read that will keep you entirely engrossed.

Touching the VoidJoe Simpson
Touching the Void is the startling true story about mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’ ill-fated climb of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. Joe gives a detailed account of the ordeal once they reached the summit and the perils the pair faced when they were confronted with an impossible situation. An outstanding award-winning read that is also a compelling testament to friendship.

Why not tell us what your favourite nominated title is this year?

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