The list of titles for World Book Night (WBN) 2014 has been announced, with a greater emphasis on reaching young adults and men, who are among the groups most likely not to read for pleasure.
Altogether, 20 titles have selected, with 12,500 copies of each being given out by a network of volunteers and institutions around the UK on 23rd April next year, the UNESCO international day of the book.
For the first time, World Book Night will be run by The Reading Agency, which has today (22nd November) opened applications for people to become a book giver. Community book givers are being encouraged for the first time as well, with volunteers giving away a single book that they have selected or bought themselves.
Reading Agency c.e.o. Miranda McKearney said: "We’re looking for an army of volunteers to help tackle the UK’s literacy problems—volunteers who will go out into the community on World Book Night, aiming to inspire the 35% of people who don’t like reading to think again."
Four of this year's WBN titles are Quick Reads, while five are young adult titles, three are non-fiction and two are short story collections.
Short Stories by Roald Dahl (Michael Joseph) is a collection that has been specially put together for WBN, to to appeal to people who read Dahl as children but have not gone on to read as adults.
The full list of titles:
Hello Mum by Bernardine Evaristo (Quick Read) (Penguin General)
Four Warned by Jeffrey Archer (Quick Read) (Macmillan)
A Perfect Murder by Peter James (Quick Read) (Macmillan)
Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab (Quick Read)(Transworld)
Short Stories by Roald Dahl (Michael Joseph)
CHERUB: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore (Hachette Children’s)
Theodore Boone by John Grisham (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Humans by Matt Haig (Canongate)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Vintage)
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith (Simon & Schuster)
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (Transworld)
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Orion)
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins)
Whatever it Takes by Adele Parks (Headline)
Geezer Girls by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton)
Black Hills by Nora Roberts (Little, Brown)
Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon (Michael Joseph)
The Boy With the Topknot by Sathnam Sanghera (Penguin General)
59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman (Macmillan)
Confessions of a GP by Dr Benjamin Daniels (The Friday Project).