Charity The Reading Agency as today revealed the reading list for World Book Night. The goal is to make sure that everyone, from toddlers to older people, in jails, with mental health challenges or simply without money, can get access to books and enjoy them.
World Book Night has given over 101,000 books to people and reached 15 million people digitally.
World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading. Books are gifted through organisations like prisons, hospitals and homeless shelters to people who might not have access to them otherwise.
World Book Night is on the 23rd of April, and it happens every year.
This year, for World Book Night 2022, it has been revealed by The Reading Agency that publishers have contributed to 84,000 books. These publishers include;
- Pan Macmillan,
- Penguin Random House,
- Walker Books,
- Head of Zeus,
- Simon and Schuster
- Bolinda UK
Last year nearly 750 organisations and groups were able and willing to give those free books to people. They included;
- Bristol Libraries,
- Farleigh Hospice,
- ClwydAlyn Housing Ltd,
- The Prince’s Trust,
- HMP Edinburgh
This year, for the coming World Book Night, organisations 28th of January 2022 to request some for themselves.
World Book Night not only includes digital books but audiobooks as well. This year audiobook titles include Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré, narrated by Michael Jayston and Russell Brand’s Recovery, narrated by Brand himself.
The Reading Agency also has a Quick Reads project specifically designed to show people the joy of reading. There’s a Quick Reads aspect to World Book Night too. Books in it, which are due to be published on the 14th of April, can be bought for £1 each.
World Book Night 2022 Titles
- All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue (Walker Books)
- Brown Baby by Nikesh Shukla (Pan Macmillan)
- 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 (Pan Macmillan)
- 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 (Bolinda)
- The Upper World by Femi Fedugba (Penguin Random House Children’s)
- Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy by John le Carré (Bolinda)
- 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)
Author Romesh Ranganathan said of World Book Night
It’s a real honour to have my book used as a way of inspiring new readers, something I feel very passionate about. I hope that it encourages people to take up reading as a regular hobby, as well as maybe convincing my family to read it, as none of them have so far.”
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