World Book Night 2016

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!


As well as 400 years since the Bard’s birth today is World Book Night – an event now in it’s sixth year, that celebrates reading and a love of books.


I have been involved in my own small way every year – mostly as a giver of books.


This year I am giving away copies of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Barduco. The first in the Grisha Trilogy, a fast paced, fabulous slice of fantasy, a world I fell in love with and want to share with others.


I will be handing out copies to people I meet, strangers and friends. I have handed out poetry in Soho, left comic fantasy on the underground and with the bus driver, I have posted books to people who were working and couldn’t meet me, piled books up in staff rooms, cafes and the English department notice table at uni over the years.


Keep your eyes open while you’re out and about as a whole army of book loving of volunteers will be handing out books all over the place. There are events going on and online parties – check out the hashtag #wbn2016 for events and readings near you.


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23rd April – World Book Night

Every year I sign up to be a World Book Night giver, and this year is no different. I have collected my copies of  Charity Norman’s After The Fall and am ready to give them away.


WBN was set up to celebrate and foster a love of reading and is now run by The Reading Agency. It is a charitable initiative supported by the publishing industry (which supplies hundreds of books for volunteers to hand out).

I have been involved since the start, when publisher Jamie Byng launched it on a freezing cold night five years ago in Trafalgar Square. Since then I have handed out dozens of books, from poetry in Soho Square, to fantasy on the Underground, free books are popping up everywhere this week.

If you see someone handing out books, take one, read it, pass it on.

To celebrate the event I am offering copies via Instagram to anyone who tells me what reading means to them.

The book is about what happens to a family after a serious accident, secrets and what happens when you keep them. Set in New Zealand it chronicles the lives of the McNamara family after five-year-old Finn falls from the upstairs veranda.

I really enjoyed it when I first read it, it’s quite compelling.

So, what’s your favourite read?