Libraries in East Sussex are gearing up to take part in an initiative aimed at helping people experience the joy of reading.
East Sussex County Council’s libraries and information service is backing World Book Night, on Thursday, April 23, which targets the 35 per cent of the population who don’t read for pleasure.
The event will see 19 volunteers across the county collect from their local library special World Book Night editions of 20 specially selected World Book Night titles and distribute them in the community.
The books will be given to groups including the elderly, young people studying to achieve basic qualifications in English, construction workers and hospital patients and staff.
All of the books are also available to people to loan from East Sussex libraries, including some titles which are available as eBooks and audiobooks.
Valerie Wright, East Sussex County Council library operations team manager, said: “Apart from being an immensely pleasurable experience, reading is recognised as having benefits for health and wellbeing.
“The volunteers who have so generously given their time will be joining people across the country in sharing their love of reading with those who may not experience it at present.
“World Book Night is also a great chance for people across the county to reconnect with the joy of reading by enjoying one or more of the specially-selected books.”
The 20 selected books cover a range of genres including crime, poetry, non-fiction and science fiction, and the list includes:
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)
Find more information about World Book Night at www.worldbooknight.org/books
People in East Sussex can find information about their local library, join a library or search the library catalogue online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/
More information is available by calling the East Sussex libraries and information service on 0345 6080196.