World Book Night will expand its audiobook offering in 2020, after a successful pilot with John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down in 2019.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, Brian Wood’s Double Crossed and Lucy Mangan’s Bedtime Stories for Stressed out Adults will all be available for individuals to receive via a download code on World Book Night (23rd April 2020). The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, celebrating its 42nd birthday in 2020, will be available as an audiobook to individuals, and as a paperback edition to the organisations – such as hospitals, care homes, libraries, prisons and charities—that work with the event.
All the other titles on the 26-strong list are offered in print format, with books by Angie Thomas, Raynor Winn and Peter Crouch joining classics from the likes of F Scott Fitzgerald, P G Wodehouse and Agatha Christie (full listing below).
The Reading Agency chief executive Karen Napier said: “World Book Night is a fantastic way to encourage emerging and reluctant readers to engage with books for the first time. Every year, with the support of our publisher partners, our book give-away ensures that people across the UK are able to start on their journey to reading their way to a better life.”
Author Mike Gayle, whose book The Man I Think I Know is on next year's list, said he was "thrilled" to be part of the event, adding: "It's a privilege to be part of this project and help spread the news about the awesome power of the written word. Happy reading!"
Full list of 2020 titles:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Pan Macmillan)
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Andersen Press)
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins)
The Dead Ex by Jane Corry (Penguin General)
How to Be a Footballer by Peter Crouch (Ebury)
Practical Zen: Meditation and Beyond by Julian Daizan Skinner (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton (Little Tiger)
Darkness Rising (Quick Reads) by A A Dhand (Transworld)
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (Penguin Press)
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Penguin Random House Audio)
The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle (Hachette)
Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan (John Murray Press)
The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe (Quick Reads) by Milly Johnson (Simon & Schuster)
Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults by various, edited by Lucy Mangan (Hachette Audio)
One of Us Is Next by Karen M McManus (Penguin Random House Children’s)
A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee (Vintage)
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen Press)
East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman (HarperCollins)
Diversify by June Sarpong (HarperCollins)
The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan (Pan Macmillan)
Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur (Walker Books)
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
Death in the Dordogne by Martin Walker (Hachette)
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn (Michael Joseph)
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse (Cornerstone)
Double Crossed by Brian Wood (Penguin Random House Audio)