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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

Lev, the protagonist of THE ROAD HOME, (my novel chosen to join the list of World Book Night titles), has read very few books in his arduous life as a sawmill worker in eastern Europe. When he comes to England, he’s given a copy of Hamlet by his friend Lydia, whose pedagogical instincts dictate that she work to ‘improve’ his mind. Hamlet is of course way too difficult for a man who has difficulty distinguishing ‘to be or not to be’ from ‘B & B’, but he struggles on with it and eventually finds some affinity with the anguished prince of Denmark. The reading plays a part in opening up and transforming Lev’s life. And this we know from voices around the world: books can transform lives. So let’s hope World Book Night will act as a kind of benign Ponzi scheme for the mighty word.

Rose Tremain

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The 2014 Books

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The 2012 Books

The 2011 Books

The World Book Night Book Club

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