After much deliberation the 20 titles which will be given away on World Book Night 2014 have been chosen. On 23 April, 12,500 copies of each specially printed book will be given away by a network of volunteer reading enthusiasts and institutions focusing on reaching the 35% of the population who don't read for pleasure.
Through World Book Night we are committed to reaching people in marginalised areas of society, and with this in mind, the 2014 list has been curated with a view to offering a range of brilliant books explicitly chosen to appeal to and inspire people who haven't yet been turned on to reading.
There is particular emphasis on books for teenagers and young adults, 46% of whom don't read for pleasure; and men, 42% of whom don't read for pleasure. The quantity of easy to read and accessible books has also been increased. As well as a wide range of fiction the list features four Quick Reads, five young adult titles, three non-fiction titles and two short story collections.
The book of Roald Dahl short stories is particularly special, as it is a bespoke World Book Night collection of some of his greatest short stories, designed to appeal to young adults who loved his work as children but haven't gone on to read as adults.
- Hello Mum by Bernardine Evaristo (Quick Read) (Penguin General)
- Four Warned by Jeffrey Archer (Quick Read) (Macmillan)
- The Perfect Murder by Peter James (Quick Read) (Macmillan)
- Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab (Quick Read) (Transworld)
- Short Stories by Roald Dahl (Penguin Michael Joseph)
- CHERUB: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore (Hachette Children's)
- Theodore Boone by John Grisham (Hodder & Stoughton)
- The Humans by Matt Haig (Canongate)
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Vintage, Random House)
- Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith (Simon and Schuster)
- Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (Transworld)
- Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Orion)
- After the Funeral by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins)
- Whatever it Takes by Adele Parks (Headline)
- Geezer Girls by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton)
- Black Hills by Nora Roberts (Little, Brown)
- Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon (Penguin Michael Joseph)
- The Boy With the Topknot by Sathnam Sanghera (Penguin General)
- 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman (Macmillan)
- Confessions of a GP by Dr Benjamin Daniels (The Friday Project, Harper Collins)
What the authors say
Author Armistead Maupin says: "World Book Night has to rank as one of the most ingenious new literacy schemes of the 21st century - volunteers giving books away to strangers on the street in an act of deliberate infection. It's the love of reading 'going viral' with actual eye contact involved, so the rewards are profound for both giver and receiver. And for me, of course, the implication that 'Tales of the City' might make someone want to keep on reading is the highest compliment imaginable. I'm thrilled to be on this list."
Our Ambassador and author Andy McNab says: 'I am delighted that for the second year running, one of my books has been included in World Book Night. I didn't read my first book until the age of 17, but I clearly remember the feeling of pride and achievement when I closed the cover at the end. Books changed my life and if the World Book Night programme puts books into the hands of people who otherwise might not discover them then it is achieving something incredibly important.'
Author Peter James says: "Of all the gifts I've ever been fortunate to have received in life, the love of reading books is the most precious of all. It has been through books that I have learned so much about human beings, about laughter, love, fear and strength and so much more. Carry a book around with you and you will never be bored, never be without a companion, never be without a different world to escape into, even if for a few minutes while waiting for a train, than the often humdrum one we inhabit. World Book Night gives authors a rare chance to share this gift, to pass it forward, and although I am an author, the thought that from World Book Night new people will discover this new world, fills me with more joy than I can describe. I believe that literacy opens windows on the world and doors of opportunity for all of us. I feel deeply honoured to be part of this World Book Night."
The deadline to be an Edition Book Giver has now passed but this year we've introduced a new way of getting involved - as a World Book Night Community Giver. This means you choose - and provide - the book you give. It can be one you already own, or one you buy specially, new or second-hand. You can also choose whoever you want to give the book to - a friend, a member of your community, a complete stranger. All we ask is that you give your book to someone who doesn't regularly read.
Register to become a Community Book Giver on the World Book Night website. Registration is open until 23 April but everyone who registers by 31 March will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three pairs of tickets to the Letters Live on World Book Night event taking place at the Southbank Centre. Read our prize draw terms and conditions.
Already signed up to be a World Book Night Community Book Giver? Tell us via twitter or facebook which book you're planning on giving away and to whom.