World Book Night 2015 titles announced

WBN logo in headlineThe twenty titles for World Book Night 2015 have been announced. If you’re thinking of volunteering to give books away on the 23rd April, then now’s the time to think about selecting a book.

I’m really excited by this year’s list. At first glance my favourites to give away include Sarah Winman’s When God was a Rabbit; Annabel Pitcher’s My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, and David Almond’s Skellig. It’s also nice to see Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy, and Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, whose novel was suggested by the 2014 volunteers as one of the top twenty titles they would recommend to get people to love reading.

The list covers a range of genres including crime, poetry, non-fiction, quick reads, fantasy and sci-fi, historical and contemporary fiction, and fiction in translation.

Since the launch of World Book Night in 2011, I’ve taken part every year. I absolutely love giving out books that I’ve enjoyed, all in the hope of getting more people reading for pleasure. So far I’ve handed out:

One Day by David Nicholls

Room by Emma Donoghue

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

The 20 titles for 2015 are:   large_WBN_CoverGrid

  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)

For more details visit the World Book Night website


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