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WBN 2013 titles revealed

A graphic novel from Rebellion and a Quick Reads title are among the chosen World Book Night UK books for 2013. The scheme to give away 500,000 books will run in the US for a second year, though its future in Germany is currently “unclear”.

The BBC has returned as a media partner for the UK event, with the book selection to feature on BBC1’s “The One Show” tonight (8th November) as well as on “Newsnight Review”. Time magazine is also an agreed media partner, with details of its coverage to follow.

World Book Night c.e.o. Julia Kingsford said the UK initiative is emphasising accessibility in 2013, with the list of books down from 25 titles to 20 and givers being asked to distribute a less demanding 20 copies of their chosen title, down from 24 at 2012’s event. Of the half a million books, 400,000 will be distributed by individual givers, with an additional 100,000 to be distributed centrally by WBN through charity partners and institutions.

Kingsford said: “The feedback from people who hadn’t decided to become givers was that the quantity to give was too high and that it was difficult to get their head around the list of 25 books. It’s all about the end-user accessibility to open up World Book Night to a new group of givers.”

Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner (Rebellion) is the first graphic novel to feature among the chosen titles, while Last Night Another Soldier . . . by Andy McNab (Transworld) is the first Quick Read. E H Gombrich’s A Little History of the World (Yale) is the first title from an academic publisher to be selected. Books from Orion, Simon & Schuster and Walker also feature for the first time.

The 2013 WBN editions will all feature a poem in the back, chosen with the help of the Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation, with Hart’s novel Damage (Virago) on the WBN 2013 list. Recommendations for futher titles to read will also run again in the back of the special editions.

In the US, a list of 30 chosen titles will include novels by Tracy Chevalier and Alexander McCall Smith that are also on the UK list. Other titles selected for the US include The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Anchor Books/Random House), Bossypants by Tina Fey (Regan Arthur/Back Bay Books), and My Antonia by Willa Cather (public domain, edition tbc). 

Kingsford said it is “still a bit unclear” as to whether the event will run in Germany for the second time in 2013, due to “complications” over funding.

WBN will take place on 23rd April 2013.

UK World Book Night 2013 titles
The Secret Scripture Sebastian Barry (Faber)
Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman (RHCB)
The Girl with the Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier (HarperCollins)
The Eyre Affair Japser Fforde (Hodder)
Casino Royale Ian Fleming (Vintage)
A Little History of the World E H Gombrich (Yale)
The White Queen Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)
Little Face Sophie Hannah (Hodder)
Damage Josephine Hart (Virago)
The Island Victoria Hislop (Headline)
Red Dust Road Jackie Kay (Picador)
Last Night Another Soldier . . . Andy McNab (Transworld)
Me Before You Jojo Moyes (Penguin)
The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness (Walker)
The Reader Bernhard Schlink (Orion)
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith (Little, Brown)
Treasure Island R L Stevenson (Penguin)
The Road Home Rose Tremain (Vintage)
Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges John Wagner (Rebellion)
Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? Jeanette Winterson (Vintage)