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G K Chesterton

How to be a World Book Night giver

Date Posted:

(30 November 2012)

On April 23, tens of thousands of book lovers will give away free copies of some of their favourite books as part of World Book Night 2013 – join their ranks by applying to be a giver.

You can apply as either an individual or an institution and the sign up process is nice and easy. All you need to do is provide some relevant details. Then comes the hard part... choosing which of the 20 excellent books you’d most like to give away!

From the YA thrills of Patrick Ness’s Knife of Never Letting Go to the powerful autobiographies of Jeanette Winterson and Jackie Kay, all readers will find something to love. We’re also very happy to see a few Edinburgh favourites in the mix, with Treasure Island (which has never been out of print) by Robert Louis Stevenson and No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith among the potential picks.

Sold on the idea of sharing brilliant books with new readers? Apply online and get ready to put books in people’s hands and smiles on their faces.  

The 20 World Book Night 2013 titles you can choose from are:
The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry
Noughts and Crosses
by Malorie Blackman
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Eyre Affair by Japser Fforde
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
A Little History of the World by E H Gombrich
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Damage by Josephine Hart
The Island by Victoria Hislop
Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
Last Night Another Soldier... by Andy McNab
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Road Home by Rose Tremain
Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner
Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

You can find out everything you need to know by visiting the World Book Night website: