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What is World Book Night?

Why is World Book Night important?



"The more I read the more I fought against the assumption that literature is for the minority – of a particular education or class. Books were my birthright too." 
Jeanette Winterson, Why be happy when you could be normal?

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." 
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


At The Reading Agency we run a range of reading programmes that help children, young people and adults become more confident readers so that they have equal opportunities in life. Because everything changes when we read.

We are delighted that World Book Night is now one of those programmes and are looking forward to reaching out to more readers and building further on the enthusiasm of book giver volunteers. We will use our connections with libraries, publishers and other partners to support your commitment and provide other options for getting involved in community reading volunteering for those of you that are keen to do that.

Read more about our work at readingagency.org.uk




On World Book Night

It's a great honour to have The White Queen selected for World Book Night. I am especially pleased that this novel will be read by so many extra thousands of readers as it is the story of a Queen of England who lived her life with great courage and grace and yet has been neglected by history. I love bringing the lives of ordinary women from long ago to the attention of readers today and it is a delight to think that this book will be part of such an imaginative venture.

Philippa Gregory

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The 2014 Books

The 2013 Books

The 2012 Books

The 2011 Books

The World Book Night Book Club

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