World Book Night finalises giveaway list

World Book Night finalises giveaway list

<p>A mixture of fiction, poetry and memoir has been chosen for the inaugural World Book Night promotion, which will see one million free books given away by 20,000 volunteers.</p><p>The event, on 5th March, is likely to have an &quot;enormously positive&quot; impact on books, according to chairman of the campaign, Canongate m.d. Jamie Byng. It will be supported by BBC2.</p><p>The 25-strong list includes bestsellers from authors including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Sarah Waters, Marian Keyes and David Mitchell. The list also includes Life of Pi, the bestselling Man Booker winner to date.</p><p>Byng said: &quot;It is going to have an enormously positive impact on books and reading. There are few things more meaningful than personal recommendation and having one million books given to one million people on one night in this way is unprecedented and hugely exciting.&quot; </p><p>Celebrity patrons lending their support include musicians Damon Albarn and David Gilmour, artists Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst, actors Colin Firth and Tilda Swinton and TV stars Nigella Lawson and Mary Portas along with J K Rowling and Dave Eggers. Random House Group chair and c.e.o. Dame Gail Rebuck has previously been announced as a patron. </p><p>Members of the public have been invited to apply to be one of the 20,000 people giving out 48 copies of one book each. Each applicant will be judged through 100-word statements and an auditing process, and can apply via <a href="http://www.worldbooknight.org/" target="_blank">www.worldbooknight.org</a>.&nbsp; </p><p>The final 40,000 titles will be distributed by WBN.</p><p>The editorial committee, chaired by author and radio presenter James Naughtie, includes trade figures such as Waterstone&rsquo;s Tim Watson, Amazon&rsquo;s Amy Worth and Foyles&rsquo; marketing director Julia Kingsford.</p><p>BBC2 will host programming on the event from the launch on &quot;The Culture Show&quot; tonight (2nd December) through to March, although exact programming has yet to be confirmed. A series of celebrations will be held on the night itself with many libraries and bookshops to extend opening hours; WBN will be working with the PA, BA, IPG, Reading Agency, libraries and charities to organise events. </p><p><strong>The list in full:</strong></p><p>Kate Atkinson - <em>Case Histories</em> (Black Swan)</p><p>Margaret Atwood - <em>The Blind Assassin </em>(Virago)</p><p>Alan Bennett - <em>A Life Like Other People&rsquo;s</em> (Faber/Profile) </p><p>John Le Carr&eacute; - <em>The Spy Who Came in From the Cold</em> (Penguin)</p><p>Lee Child - <em>Killing Floor</em> (Bantam)</p><p>Carol Ann Duffy - <em>The World&rsquo;s Wife</em> (Picador)</p><p>Mark Haddon - <em>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</em> (Vintage)</p><p>Seamus Heaney - <em>Selected Poem</em>s (Faber)</p><p>Marian Keyes - <em>Rachel&rsquo;s Holiday</em> (Poolbeg/Penguin)</p><p>Mohsin Hamid - <em>The Reluctant Fundamentalist </em>(Penguin)</p><p>Ben Macintyre - <em>Agent Zigzag </em>(Bloomsbury)<br /><em><br />Gabriel Garc&iacute;a M&aacute;rquez - </em>Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin)</p><p>Yann Martel - <em>Life of Pi</em> (Canongate)</p><p>Alexander Masters - <em>Stuart: A Life Backwards</em> (Fourth Estate) </p><p>Rohinton Mistry -<em> A Fine Balance</em> (Faber)</p><p>David Mitchell - <em>Cloud Atlas</em> (Sceptre)</p><p>Toni Morrison - <em>Beloved </em>(Vintage)</p><p>Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - <em>Half of a Yellow Sun</em> (Fourth Estate)</p><p> David Nicholls - <em>One Day</em> (Hodder)</p><p>Philip Pullman - <em>Northern Lights </em>(Scholastic)</p><p>Erich Maria Remarque - <em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em> (Vintage)</p><p>C J Sansom - <em>Dissolution</em> (Pan)</p><p>Nigel Slater - <em>Toast</em> (Fourth Estate)</p><p>Muriel Spark - T<em>he Prime of Miss Jean Brodie</em> (Penguin)</p><p>Sarah Waters - <em>Fingersmith </em>(Virago)</p><p>&nbsp;</p>