We're delighted to announce our 20 titles for World Book Night 2015 and open volunteer applications for this annual celebration of reading and books on 23 April.
This year we have a diverse line up designed to bring reading and books into people's lives, especially the 35% of the population who do not read for pleasure. Our list covers a range of brilliant and very readable genres including crime, poetry, non-fiction, Quick Reads, fantasy and sci-fi, historical and contemporary fiction, and fiction in translation.
The 20 titles for 2015 offer a wealth of choice for volunteers and recipients. They are:
1. After the Fall by Charity Norman (Allen and Unwin)
2. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton (Constable, Little, Brown)
3. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (HarperCollins)
4. Chickenfeed by Minette Walters (Quick Read) (Pan Macmillan)
5. Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson (Head of Zeus)
6. Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle (Quick Read) (Vintage, Penguin Random House)
7. Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (Pan Macmillan)
8. Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy, Neil Astley (ed.) (Bloodaxe)
9. Honour by Elif Shafak (Penguin General, Penguin Random House)
10. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher (Orion / Hachette Children's)
11. Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante (Simon & Schuster)
12. Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle (Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House)
13. Skellig by David Almond (Hachette Children's)
14. Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Börjlind (Hesperus)
15. Street Cat Bob by James Bowen (Quick Read) (Hodder)
16. The Martian by Andy Weir (Ebury, Penguin Random House)
17. The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington (Canongate)
18. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Transworld, Penguin Random House)
19. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Two Roads, John Murray)
20. When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman (Headline)
2014 volunteers' suggestion
We're delighted to include Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, whose novel was suggested by our 2014 volunteers as one of the top 20 titles they would recommend to get people to love reading.
The list also includes Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle to a new audience with his first Quick Read title, the spooky comedy Dead Man Talking, thanks to the generosity of the Booker Prize Foundation. Thanks to Bloodaxe, Jerwood Foundation and Forward Arts, we are able to include a poetry anthology on the list for the first time, Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy edited by Neil Astley.
Apply to be a volunteer. We want individuals, institutions and organisations to share their love of reading, to inspire others to read and to create a mass participatory celebration of reading on 23 April. Applications close on 30 January 2015.
Volunteer to give away your own books. This year we're hoping that thousands of you will sign up to do so and extend the reach of World Book Night.
Share your thoughts on the list on Twitter using the hashtag #WorldBookNight
It was great to receive lots of positive feedback from publishers, authors, libraries and volunteers after the list was announced. See how the day unfolded on social media in our Storify.