Quick Reads 2024

6 new Quick Reads titles are out now!

Quick Reads 2024 are short books and great stories by bestselling authors, written in an accessible and easy to read style.

Order your books for just £1 from Bookshop.org to support The Reading Agency and local bookshops at no additional cost to you, or get them at or your local library.

Kia Abdullah, Those People Next Door
(abridged) (HQ, HarperCollins)

ISBN: 9780008654344
Number of pages:
160

Welcome to your dream home… meet your new neighbours… and prepare for the nightmare to begin…

Book cover of Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman, Boys Don’t Cry
(abridged) (Penguin, Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9780241688106
Number of pages:
144

The bestselling Noughts & Crosses author delivers a page-turning story of an ambitious A-level student Dante who unexpectedly finds himself carrying an enormous new responsibility.

Matt Cain, Game On
(Headline, Hachette)

ISBN: 9781035409730
Number of pages:
128

A media-averse footballer and a football-hating journalist discover a shared hidden passion – for each other – in this rollicking rom-com full of heart.

Book cover of Without Warning and Only Sometimes by Kit de Waal

Kit de Waal, Without Warning and Only Sometimes
(abridged) (Headline, Hachette)

ISBN: 9781035413683
Number of pages:
128

A poignant memoir painting a vivid portrait of cultural identity, family dynamics, and resilience in 1960s Birmingham.

Jo Nesbo, The Jealousy Man
(Vintage, Penguin Random House)

ISBN:
9781529928280
Number of pages:
112

Murder. Assassination. Revenge. A riveting and mysterious crime story, exploring the dark shadows of envy and betrayal.

Book cover of The Last Summer by Karen Swan

Karen Swan, The Last Summer
(abridged) (Pan Macmillan)

ISBN: 9781035029143
Number of pages:
128

Summer on St Kilda – a wild, remote Scottish island. Two strangers from drastically different worlds meet …

Read our Quick Reads 2022 evaluation report to find out more about the benefits of Quick Reads.

Take part in the World Book Night #ReadingHour from 7pm on 23 April and join people across the UK in dedicating time to reading on World Book Night. Find out more.

The Reading Agency announces Quick Reads will be gifted for World Book Night 2024

The Reading Agency has today announced that copies of the six upcoming Quick Reads 2024 titles will be gifted for World Book Night 2024. 

Taking place on 23 April 2024, World Book Night is aiming to create a nation of readers, with libraries across the UK applying to receive copies of life-changing Quick Reads titles to give away in partnership with local organisations.

This year’s Quick Reads titles feature 6 newly published Quick Reads from leading authors including Kia Abdullah, Malorie Blackman, Matt Cain, Kit de Waal, Jo Nesbo and Karen Swan. Quick Reads aim to bring the joy and benefits of reading to everyone, including the one in six adults in the UK who struggle to read. 

Publishing on 11 April, ahead of the celebrations when the books go on sale across the UK, the 36,000 copies of the 2024 Quick Reads will be gifted through libraries to reach emerging and lapsed readers in settings such as hospitals, prisons, care homes and shelters in the community. The giveaway forms a key part of The Reading Agency’s mission to tackle the adult literacy crisis and provide easy access to shorter, high-quality reads for free to help foster a love of books and reading. 

In 2024, the wider public is invited to get involved in spreading the power of reading by joining in the World Book Night #ReadingHour from 7pm on the day, when they can dedicate a moment to reading and books. The Reading Agency will also be launching a public fundraiser to bring the power of reading to even more people through its targeted programmes and initiatives. 

“We are delighted to be gifting 36,000 copies of our brilliant new Quick Reads titles on World Book Night to help spread the joy of reading. Together, we can create a nation of readers by getting these books into the hands of people across the UK and helping them to discover the proven power of reading to entertain, connect and transform lives.” 

Karen Napier, CEO at The Reading Agency

The full line-up of 2024 Quick Read titles to be gifted are:

  • Kia Abdullah, Those People Next Door (abridged) (HQ, HarperCollins)
  • Malorie Blackman, Boys Don’t Cry (abridged) (Penguin, Penguin Random House)
  • Matt Cain, Game On (Headline, Hachette)
  • Kit de Waal, Without Warning and Only Sometimes (abridged) (Headline, Hachette)
  • Jo Nesbo, The Jealousy Man (previously published in 2021 short story collection) (Vintage, Penguin Random House)
  • Karen Swan, The Last Summer (abridged) (Pan Macmillan)

Libraries can find out how to sign up to receive books by visiting: www.worldbooknight.org

World Book Night launches Road to Reading

World Book Night, the annual celebration of reading organised by The Reading Agency, is launching the Road to Reading. A 10-week initiative that challenges you to read for 30 minutes each week and see what a difference it makes to your life.

The challenge kicks off on World Book Night, during the Reading Hour (7-8pm) on Sunday 23rd April. Sign up to Road to Reading here.

With benefits including boosting self-esteem, supporting mental health, sparking curiosity and connecting us to others, regular reading is a vital tool for social and personal change. Adults who read for just 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction, 52% more likely to feel socially included and 57% more likely to have better awareness of other cultures.

Perfect for those who used to read more but now struggle to find the time, or readers who haven’t picked up a book in a while, the Road to Reading invites everyone to pledge to read every week for 30 minutes, for a 10-week period. Regular readers are invited to join in by signing up and logging their reads, with survey insights feeding into a national study into reading and life satisfaction. The Reading Agency hopes that reading lovers will help to sign people up to take part, supporting our mission to get the nation reading!

To anyone taking part, The Reading Agency will be then sharing weekly tips, useful advice, reading recommendations and more, aimed at helping participants along the way. There will also be ideas for shorter reads from the Quick Reads series, and social media assets for people to share their progress with friends and family.

Together with the whole nation, The Reading Agency will be inviting participants in the Road to Reading to tick off their first 30 minutes of reading then, spending time with a good book and inviting others to do the same.

Karen Napier, CEO of The Reading Agency, said:

The Road to Reading has launched! This World Book Night initiative will be a valuable tool for those new to reading or getting back into the swing. We hope that we can sign up as many participants as possible to feed into the national study and give us valuable insight into how reading habits are formed.”

For more information, please visit the World Book Night website.

Follow the latest developments on social media via:

@WorldBookNight @ReadingAgency / #WorldBookNight #ReadingHour

World Book Night announces Nadiya Hussain, Katie Piper and Fearne Cotton among lead ambassadors

The annual celebration of reading for pleasure returns this spring, honouring books and the difference they make to our wellbeing
Books by Joe Wicks, Jay Blades, Jojo Moyes, Bernardine Evaristo, Peter James, Agatha Christie & more to be gifted
Over 68,000 books distributed to prisons, hospitals, food banks, youth centres, care homes and mental health groups
Encouraging the whole nation to come together for #ReadingHour

World Book Night, the annual celebration of the pleasure of reading organised by The Reading Agency, is delighted to announce that Nadiya Hussain, Katie Piper, Fearne Cotton, Louise Pentland and Shaparak Khorsandi will be the campaign’s lead ambassadors.

Together with The Reading Agency, the World Book Night ambassadors are inviting the whole nation to join the #ReadingHour (7-8pm) on Sunday 23rd April, when everyone will be encouraged to spend time with a good book and invite others to do the same. The initiative started in 2020, during the first national lockdown, when the estimated social media reach of #WorldBookNight and #ReadingHour was 14.3 million. This year, The Reading Agency will be launching an exciting new initiative to get the whole nation reading, with more details unveiled in early April.

As part of World Book Night, The Reading Agency will be gifting over 68,000 books to organisations across the country to give to people who don’t regularly read for pleasure or with limited access to books. This year’s 400 recipients include 89 arts organisations or charities, 47 hospitals or health centres, 39 prisons and young offender institutions.

The list of books that will be distributed to organisations on World Book Night features: critically acclaimed actor David Harewood’s memoir Maybe I Don’t Belong Here; Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength by Sophia Thakur and Denzell Dankwah; Isabel Hardman’s exploration of nature, exercise and mental health, The Natural Health Service; Ravena Guron’s upcoming murder mystery for young adults, This Book Kills, and many more. There is also a selection of audiobooks available for the public to download for free from this month, including The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns and One Body: A Retrospective by Catherine Simpson.

Selected by a panel including librarians, the World Book Night booklist has something for avid readers and those new to reading for pleasure alike. This year, the booklist also features a special collection of The Reading Agency’s most popular Quick Reads, the series of shorter reads that help to tackle the UK’s adult literacy crisis by encouraging less confident readers get reading great stories by celebrated authors.

Nadiya Hussain said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be one of the Ambassadors for The Reading Agency’s World Book Night 2023 on Sunday 23 April, the nation’s biggest celebration of books and reading, and the positive impact they have on our lives. To me personally, reading means so much: it allows me to transport into a world outside of my own. Through reading, I can carve out a physical time for myself to do something that I really enjoy. That is why I can’t wait to take part in the Reading Hour, between 7-8pm on World Book Night – an opportunity to take some time out on your Sunday evening to escape into a book, talk about a book, or even listen to an audiobook! The Reading Agency has put together a wonderful booklist of reading recommendations, in case you need any inspiration. From the list, the books I particularly love are: You Think You Know Me by Ayaan Mohamud, Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood, This Way Out by Tufayel Ahmed, Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle. I wish everyone a brilliant World Book Night and let’s get reading!”

Fearne Cotton said: “World Book Night on 23 April is the annual celebration of reading, and I can vouch for how uplifting a book can be, so I am so excited to be an ambassador for such an important campaign! Books are the perfect escapism from a tough day, month or year. They can be impactful, thoroughly enjoyable and expansive, each in their own way. The Reading Agency’s recommended reading list for this year’s World Book Night is a great example of this. From the list, I’m especially excited about Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood, which I encourage everyone to pick up and read during the Reading Hour!”

Louise Pentland said: “I am honoured to support World Book Night on the 23rd April – I am a big believer in the work The Reading Agency do. Being an author, I see the true value in reading and writing – It genuinely opens up the world to education, adventure and communities which is so powerful. I’m here to celebrate reading and the joy it can bring!”

Katie Piper said: “I am so thrilled to be supporting World Book Night and this brilliant initiative by The Reading Agency. Reading and writing books changed my life, so to support a campaign based on the proven power of reading is such a natural partnership for me.”

Shaparak Khorsandi said: “World Book Night is the best night of the year! I’m so excited to be joining the wonderful crew of ambassadors for such an important campaign, celebrating reading, books, readers, and how amazing all of the above are! During Reading Hour, everyone should be grabbing a good book and set some time aside to read, and from the reading list, I’ve got my eyes on Ayaan Mohamud’s You Think You Know Me. So let’s all join in the celebrations and get reading!”

Karen Napier, CEO of The Reading Agency, said: “We’re hugely excited to celebrate World Book Night 2023 with such a fantastic team of Ambassadors who are helping us champion the power of reading. We’re immensely grateful for the support from authors, publishers, libraries and giveaway organisations for helping people give the gift of reading this spring!”

World Book Night 2023 Titles

  • Aftershocks by Anne Fine (Old Barn Books)
  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (Penguin)
  • Feel Good Food by Joe Wicks (HQ, HarperCollins)
  • Game Over: Rise of the Raid Mob by M.J. Sullivan (Clock Tower Publishing, Sweet Cherry Publishing)
  • Lift Your Vibe by Richie Norton (Penguin)
  • Making It by Jay Blades (Bluebird, Pan Macmillan)
  • Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood (Bluebird, Pan Macmillan)
  • Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie (HQ, HarperCollins)
  • One Body: A Retrospective written and narrated by Catherine Simpson (Saraband)
  • Passing by Nella Larsen (Penguin Classics)
  • Pulling Through by Catherine Jessop (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
  • Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength by Sophia Thakur and Denzell Dankwah (#MerkyBooks, Cornerstone)
  • The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors Can Do For Your Mind written and narrated by Isabel Hardman (Bolinda Audio)
  • The Patient: A DS Cross Thriller by Tim Sullivan (Aries, Head of Zeus)
  • The Songs You’ve Never Heard by Becky Jerams and Ellie Wyatt (Clock Tower Publishing, Sweet Cherry Publishing)
  • The Trust by M.H. Eccleston (Aries, Head of Zeus)
  • The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns, narrated by Laurence Bouvard (Bolinda Audio)
  • This Book Kills by Ravena Guron (Usborne)
  • This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are by Kodo Nishimura (Watkins Publishing)
  • This Way Out by Tufayel Ahmed (Lake Union Publishing, Amazon Publishing)
  • You Think You Know Me by Ayaan Mohamud (Usborne)

Quick Reads 2023 Titles

  • Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle (Vintage)
  • Hello Mum by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin)
  • One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Paris for One by Jojo Moyes (Penguin)
  • The Double Clue: And Other Hercule Poirot Stories by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins)
  • Wish You Were Dead by Peter James (Pan Macmillan)

For more information, please visit worldbooknight.org.

Follow the latest developments on social media via: @WorldBookNight @ReadingAgency / #WorldBookNight #ReadingHour

Download a free audiobook for World Book Night 2023

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Whether you’re a seasoned listener or haven’t yet dipped your toe into the world of audiobooks, this is for you.

We’re offering free audiobook downloads as part of World Book Night 2023. We have four titles on offer, and you can choose one that you’d like to listen to.

Share this opportunity with friends, family and colleagues.

Four audiobooks are available:

Head over to worldbooknight.org to download your audiobook today.

27 titles by Joe Wicks, Luan Goldie and the Quick Reads authors including Bernardine Evaristo to be gifted as part of World Book Night 2023

The Reading Agency has today announced the list of 27 titles that will feature as part of World Book Night 2023, the annual celebration which brings people from all over the country together to read more.

World Book Night takes place on 23 April. In 2023, The Reading Agency will be gifting over 68,000 books to organisations across the country to give to people who don’t regularly read for pleasure or with limited access to books. The closing date for applications is 27 January and last year’s 428 recipients included 102 arts organisations and charities, 54 hospitals or health organisations and 40 prisons and young offender institutions across the UK.

Next year’s booklist includes fiction and non-fiction titles which appeal to adults and young people of all reading abilities. Titles include: critically acclaimed actor David Harewood’s memoir Maybe I Don’t Belong Here; Isabel Hardman’s exploration of nature, exercise and mental health, The Natural Health Service and Ravena Guron’s upcoming murder mystery for young adults, This Book Kills. There is also a selection of audiobooks available for the public to download for free from March 2023, including The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns and One Body: A Retrospective by Catherine Simpson.

This year’s titles have been contributed from publishers including HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Sweet Cherry Publishing.

This year, The Reading Agency’s 2023 Quick Reads titles will be part of the World Book Night celebrations and giveaway. These specially reprinted, most popular titles of the Quick Reads series will help to tackle the UK’s adult literacy crisis by encouraging less confident readers get reading great stories by celebrated authors. Alongside the World Book Night gifting, these titles will also be available to purchase through major retailers for £1 each.

Quick Reads titles include: classic murder mystery The Double Clue: And Other Hercule Poirot Stories by Agatha Christie, Bernardine Evaristo’s epistolary novella Hello Mum and Roddy Doyle’s Dead Man Talking.

Selected by a panel including librarians and booksellers, the diverse list of authors and titles for this year’s World Book Night has something for avid readers and those new to reading for pleasure alike.

World Book Night 2023 Titles

  • Aftershocks by Anne Fine (Old Barn Books)
  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (Penguin)
  • Feel Good Food by Joe Wicks (HQ, HarperCollins)
  • Game Over: Rise of the Raid Mob by M.J. Sullivan (Clock Tower Publishing, Sweet Cherry Publishing)
  • Lift Your Vibe by Richie Norton (Penguin)
  • Making It by Jay Blades (Bluebird, Pan Macmillan)
  • Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood (Bluebird, Pan Macmillan)
  • Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie (HQ, HarperCollins)
  • One Body: A Retrospective written and narrated by Catherine Simpson (Saraband)
  • Passing by Nella Larsen (Penguin Classics)
  • Pulling Through by Catherine Jessop (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
  • Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength by Sophia Thakur and Denzell Dankwah (#MerkyBooks, Cornerstone)
  • The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors Can Do For Your Mind written and narrated by Isabel Hardman (Bolinda Audio)
  • The Patient: A DS Cross Thriller by Tim Sullivan (Aries, Head of Zeus)
  • The Songs You’ve Never Heard by Becky Jerams and Ellie Wyatt (Clock Tower Publishing, Sweet Cherry Publishing)
  • The Trust by M.H. Eccleston (Aries, Head of Zeus)
  • The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns, narrated by Laurence Bouvard (Bolinda Audio)
  • This Book Kills by Ravena Guron (Usborne)
  • This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are by Kodo Nishimura (Watkins Publishing)
  • This Way Out by Tufayel Ahmed (Lake Union Publishing, Amazon Publishing)
  • You Think You Know Me by Ayaan Mohamud (Usborne)

Quick Reads 2023 Titles

  • Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle (Vintage)
  • Hello Mum by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin)
  • One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Paris for One by Jojo Moyes (Penguin)
  • The Double Clue: And Other Hercule Poirot Stories by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins)
  • Wish You Were Dead by Peter James (Pan Macmillan)

Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency said: “We’re delighted to be sharing our booklist for World Book Night 2023 booklist. We are hugely grateful to all the wonderful publishers who put their titles forward this year and to the authors who are participating this year. With some of our most-loved Quick Reads being reprinted especially, this year, we think there is something for everyone on the list – whether they’re seasoned readers or new to picking up a book.”

David Harewood said: “I’m so astonishingly proud of being selected for this very special event and even more delighted that more people will have the opportunity to read about a subject too long kept in the dark. I hope this book continues to inspire all those who have experienced psychosis or mental health issues over the years and gives hope that recovery is possible.”

M.H. Eccleston said: “In an age when we’re swamped by social media, reading books had never been more important. Books can change lives, set people on better paths or just entertain. All human wisdom and wit can be found between the pages of a book. That’s why I’m humbled that The Trust has made it onto the booklist for this year’s World Book Night. The Reading Agency continues to spread the word. Thanks to them, tens of thousands of readers will discover new books they might not have picked themselves. Reading is for everyone – and that’s worth celebrating all year round.”

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A quarter of UK adults started reading more during lockdowns and have continued to, finds new survey to mark World Book Night 2022

  • 25.56% of people say they started reading more during the lockdowns and have kept this up
  • A third of respondents (33.02%) say more time to themselves would enable them to read more
  • 38.34% of respondents say reading helps them ‘feel better’ and 28.76% say they read as part of their self-care
  • 40.99% of over 55s read every day, while just 10.61% of 16-24-year-olds do
  • 11.16% of UK adults never read

The Reading Agency has found that a quarter (25.56%) of UK adults started reading more during lockdowns and have continued to as society reopens following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Announced on World Book Night, the annual celebration of reading on 23 April, this survey from The Reading Agency demonstrates how having to stay at home encouraged many adults to find the joy in reading again.

A third (33.02%) of UK adults surveyed (Censuswide omnibus survey, 7-11 April, sample 2,008) say having more time to themselves would enable them to read more. 38.34% of respondents say reading helps them ‘feel better’ and 28.76% say they read as part of their self-care.

Older adults are reading the most with 40.99% of over-55s reading every day. 55.31% of 16-24-year-olds were found to read at least once a week with a quarter (25.88%) of the age group saying that talking about books and reading has helped them feel closer to others. 23.25% of 16-24 year olds say reading has helped them learn a new skill and 18.42% say reading has helped them start a new career or business.

World Book Night is celebrating this national shared love of reading with a live-streamed event hosted by The Reading Agency Ambassador, Bobby Seagull, and featuring World Book Night author Dr Alex George (Live Well Every Day), Quick Reads authors Ayisha Malik (Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues) and Lemn Sissay (My Name is Why), and author and The Reading Agency ambassador Dreda Say Mitchell (Say Her Name). This will be followed by the #ReadingHour from 7-8pm, an hour for people across the country to focus on books and dedicate one hour to reading, sharing their reads and reading tips on social media.

Reading groups across the country are hosting their own events to mark the occasion and share a love of reading, while 738 organisations, including prisons, hospitals, youth centres, care homes and mental health groups will be gifting 84,000 books to help spread the joy of books to all.

Karen Napier MBE, CEO at The Reading Agency, said:
“This research shows how many people have continued to enjoy reading after picking it up during the lockdowns. It also demonstrates the enormous benefits that reading can have on our health and wellbeing, helping us to feel connected to the world and those around us. This World Book Night, our national celebration of reading, we want to inspire communities across the country to celebrate the power that books have to make us feel better. We hope people across the country will engage with our #ReadingHour at 7pm on Saturday 23 April, taking the time to enjoy a good book either on their own or with friends and family.”

Other findings revealed include:

  • 76.28% of people read at least once a month
  • 55.31% of young people read at least once a week
  • 14.39% of 16-24-year-olds say becoming a more confident reader would enable them to fit in more reading, while 23.11% say that more knowledge on books that are suitable for their reading ability would be helpful
  • People in Greater London (17.51%), Northern Ireland (17.02%) and Scotland (15.71%) have had the greatest reading rebounds, finding more time to read now after reading less during lockdowns
  • The North East is home to the most voracious readers with 35.71% of residents surveyed reading every day

To find out more or to get involved, visit worldbooknight.org

Follow the latest developments on social media:

@WorldBookNight @ReadingAgency

#WorldBookNight #ReadingHour #ReadOn #QuickReads

The Stories That Shape Us – World Book Night Event

This year World Book Night returns to The British Library to celebrate a night of reading. The event, hosted by Bobby Seagull, invites guests to watch a live discussion in person or online. Tickets are available now.


84,000 books will be gifted to a range of organisations across the UK and Ireland including care homes, foodbanks, homeless hostels, hospitals and refugee charities as part of the World Book Night 2022 celebrations. Now in its 11th year, World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire everyone to read more. The campaign, which is run by The Reading Agency charity, is celebrated each year on 23 April, the UNESCO International Day of the Book.

Organisations, public libraries and individuals will be holding events up and down the country to celebrate the difference that reading makes to their lives. This year’s official launch event will take place at 6pm on Saturday 23 April at the British Library. World Book Night author Dr Alex George (Live Well Every Day), Quick Reads authors Ayisha Malik (Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues) and Lemn Sissay (My Name is Why), and author and The Reading Agency ambassador Dreda Say Mitchell (Say Her Name) will join host Bobby Seagull for a live discussion that will be livestreamed via The British Library’s website for people to enjoy from home, and through their Living Knowledge Network, a UK-wide partnership of national and public libraries.

The event will celebrate The Stories that Shape Us, with the authors not only talking about their books, but what inspires them to tell the stories they do and the stories that have shaped their own lives. Directly after the celebration at 7pm, the #ReadingHour will take place, encouraging people across the country to curl up with a good book, get together to read with friends and family, enjoy uninterrupted reading or share their love of reading with a friend, neighbour, loved one or someone who wants to get more into books.

This year’s World Book Night list features 26 titles including, for the first time ever, The Reading Agency’s eight new Quick Reads (published 14 April), short books by bestselling authors written specifically for new and less confident readers. World Book Night’s diverse list of authors and titles ensures there is something for everyone, from avid readers looking for their next great book to people who are just discovering the joy of reading. Four of the books are available as free audiobook downloads so they can be enjoyed by everyone.

Anyone can get involved with World Book Night and the #ReadingHour, whether they do so from the comfort of their sofa, host an event with their book club or even attend the British Library event in person. Plus, this year World Book Night is partnering with Magnum to offer one lucky participant a selection of World Book Night titles for the coming year reading and a year’s supply of Magnum Ice Cream so they can enjoy a tasty treat along with some great reads.

Buy your ticket now.

Dr Alex George, Ayisha Malik, Dreda Say Mitchell and Lemn Sissay to join host Bobby Seagull for hybrid World Book Night celebration on 23 April

84,000 books will be gifted to a range of organisations across the UK and Ireland including care homes, foodbanks, homeless hostels, hospitals and refugee charities as part of the World Book Night 2022 celebrations. Now in its 11th year, World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire everyone to read more. The campaign, which is run by The Reading Agency charity, is celebrated each year on 23 April, the UNESCO International Day of the Book.

Organisations, public libraries and individuals will be holding events up and down the country to celebrate the difference that reading makes to their lives. This year’s official launch event will take place at 6pm on Saturday 23 April at the British Library. World Book Night author Dr Alex George (Live Well Every Day), Quick Reads authors Ayisha Malik (Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues) and Lemn Sissay (My Name is Why), and author and The Reading Agency ambassador Dreda Say Mitchell (Say Her Name) will join host Bobby Seagull for a live discussion that will be livestreamed via The British Library’s website for people to enjoy from home, and through their Living Knowledge Network, a UK-wide partnership of national and public libraries.

The event will celebrate The Stories that Shape Us, with the authors not only talking about their books, but what inspires them to tell the stories they do and the stories that have shaped their own lives. Directly after the celebration at 7pm, the #ReadingHour will take place, encouraging people across the country to curl up with a good book, get together to read with friends and family, enjoy uninterrupted reading or share their love of reading with a friend, neighbour, loved one or someone who wants to get more into books.

This year’s World Book Night list features 26 titles including, for the first time ever, The Reading Agency’s eight new Quick Reads (published 14 April), short books by bestselling authors written specifically for new and less confident readers. World Book Night’s diverse list of authors and titles ensures there is something for everyone, from avid readers looking for their next great book to people who are just discovering the joy of reading. Four of the books are available as free audiobook downloads from the World Book Night website (worldbooknight.org) so they can be enjoyed by everyone.

World Book Night 2022 Titles:

  • All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue (Walker Books)
  • Brown Baby by Nikesh Shukla, narrated by Himesh Patel (Pan Macmillan) Audiobook
  • Dare to Change Your Life by Lawrence Okolie (Ebury)
  • Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Laidlaw by William McIlvanney (Canongate)
  • Live Well Every Day by Dr Alex George (Octopus Publishing Group)
  • My Policeman by Bethan Roberts (Vintage)
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (HarperCollins Children’s)
  • Recovery by Russell Brand, narrated by Russell Brand (Pan Macmillan) Audiobook
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (Oneworld)
  • Straight Outta Crawley by Romesh Ranganathan (Transworld)
  • The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley (Amazon Publishing)
  • The Dinner Guest by BP Walter (One More Chapter, HarperCollins)
  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, narrated by a full cast (Bolinda)
    Audiobook
  • The Upper World by Femi Fedugba (Penguin Random House Children’s)
  • Tinker Tailor Solider Spy by John le Carré, narrated by Michael Jayston (Bolinda) Audiobook
  • Transitions by Various (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
  • Would I Lie to You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal (Head of Zeus)

Quick Reads 2022 Titles:

  • My Name Is Why (abridged) by Lemn Sissay (Canongate)
  • Sofia Kahn and the Baby Blues by Ayisha Malik (Headline)
  • The Cutting Season by MW Craven (Little, Brown)
  • The Swimmer by Graham Norton (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Black Mountain by Kate Mosse (Pan Macmillan)
  • Blind Spot by Paula Hawkins (Transworld)
  • Witness by Alex Wheatle (Profile)
  • The Kiss by Santa Montefiore (Simon and Schuster)

Anyone can get involved with World Book Night and the #ReadingHour, whether they do so from the comfort of their sofa, host an event with their book club or even attend the British Library event in person. Plus, this year World Book Night is partnering with Magnum to offer one lucky participant a selection of World Book Night titles for the coming year reading and a year’s supply of Magnum Ice Cream so they can enjoy a tasty treat along with some great reads.

To find out more or to get involved, visit worldbooknight.org, or buy your tickets now from the British Library.

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#WorldBookNight #ReadingHour #ReadOn #QuickReads

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