Get ready for World Book Night

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23 April 2012
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Are you giving away books this year, or hoping to bag yourself something new to read? ...

Over 1m books are set to be given away free over the next 24 hours.

Orchestrated by Canongate publisher Jamie Byng, World Book Night aims to get the public reading, with giveaways of 25 books selected by vote. For regular readers, it offers a risk-free chance to try something new, but the emphasis this year is on reaching reluctant readers. 520,000 books will be given away in hospitals, prisons and schools, and the remainder will be distributed by 20,000 volunteers on the streets of the UK. The books are paid for by a combination of publishers, sponsors and printers.

The books to be given away are:

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Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks
Sleepyhead, Mark Billingham
Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
The Take, Martina Cole
Harlequin, Bernard Cornwell
Someone Like You, Roald Dahl
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Room, Emma Donoghue
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
Misery, Stephen King
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
Small Island, Andrea Levy
Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Maggie O'Farrell
The Damned Utd, David Peace
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
Touching The Void, Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Writing Magazine's own Lauren Roberts will be handing out copies of Emma Donoghue's Room this afternoon in Leeds, so if you fancy a free-read or just want to say hello, track her down in or around Leeds station.

Are you giving away books this year? Or have you been encouraged to read something different? Let us know in Talkback