WORLD BOOK NIGHT: 23 April 2012

Press Release
SHAKESPEARE SONNETS Julia Kingsford, CEO, World Book Night announced today that the WBN 2012
editions will include a sample extract from a book chosen by the author (or
their estate or publisher) as well as a Shakespeare Sonnet especially chosen
for each title.

Julia Kingsford says:
‘The idea is really very simple, World Book Night is all about encouraging
people to embark on a reading journey and we believe that you’re never more
vulnerable to your next read as you are when you’ve just finished a book. We are really excited
at the prospect of being able to put another great book into the hands,
hearts and minds of new readers the minute they’ve finished their WBN book.
Asking our World Book Night authors to recommend something seems like the
perfect way to introduce new books and writers to readers and encourage
people to keep on reading.’

Choices range from the well-known including Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
(Vintage) chosen by Martina Cole and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by
Jeanette Winterson (Vintage) chosen by the Dodie Smith estate to forgotten
classics including Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns
(Virago) chosen by Maggie O’Farrell and Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
(Pushkin Press) chosen by Kazuo Ishiguro to newer authors including King
Crow by Michael Stewart (Blue Moose) chosen by David Peace.

The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats by Hesh Kestin, chosen by Stephen King, was
previously unpublished in the UK and Hodder today announce publication to
tie-in with WBN.

As World Book Night will also be celebrated on April 23 this year, the
UNESCO international day of the book and Shakespeare’s birthday, each book
will also feature a Shakespeare sonnet, carefully selected by poet and
editor Don Paterson and themed as much as possible around each individual
WBN title.
In addition all the World Book Night editions feature QR codes linking the
books to additional content on the website as well as the World Book Night
online community

For further information, please contact Jessica Axe or Fiona McMorrough at FMCM on +44 207 405 7422 or email;


World Book Night – (charity no: 1138588) represents the most
ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading in the UK
and Ireland. The first World Book Night took place in March 2011. It was the
largest reading event ever staged, culminating in a major celebratory event
at Trafalgar Square attended by authors and celebrities. 960,000 books were
given away by 20,000 ‘givers’ and 40,000 other books were distributed
separately in prisons. In 2012, 480,000 books will be given by 20,000
passionate ‘givers’ across the UK and Ireland to spread the joy and love of
reading within their communities – on street corners, in cafes, shops, pubs,
community organisations, old people’s homes. A further 520,000 books will be
distributed directly to the hardest to reach potential readers – within all
of the UK’s prisons, within hospitals and schools in disadvantaged
communities. *
World Book Night Trustees: Jamie Byng, Penny Chapman, Mark Cousins,
Goldman, Jude Kelly (Chair), Ursula MacKenzie, Fiona McMorrough, Martin
Neild, Lemn Sissay

In 2012 World Book Night will be celebrated in the USA and Germany
as well as the UK and Ireland on April 23 and will see tens of thousands of
givers share the joy and love of reading with millions of non or light
readers in those countries.

The Reading Agency is a founding partner of World Book Night. The
Reading Agency is an independent charity working to inspire more people to
read more. It specializes in helping libraries make more social impact
through reading. It is funded by the Arts Council. (

World Book Night is partnered with the BBC. The BBC creates
partnerships with the arts sector that go beyond broadcast, from sharing
expertise to widening public engagement in UK arts.

BBC Radio 4 is delighted to be able to participate in World Book
Night for the second year running. We want to encourage not just reading,
but a deeper understanding of the writers whose books have been chosen. Each
week we provide interviews, reviews and background pieces on world
literature through Front Row (our daily arts programme), Open Book (our
weekly books magazine programme), Desert Island Discs and single arts

Discover a growing list of programmes from the Radio 4 archive, featuring
this year’s World Book Night authors, on the Radio 4 website now. We hope
this will enhance the reading experience of those lucky people who are given
a book, and all those many more who will use the WBN list to expand their
literary horizons or encourage others to do so.

BBC Radio 4 has a growing archive of interviews and reviews with the World
Book Night authors. Go to

BBC is an official media partner to

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I'm a writer from Salford, now based in Bradford. I've written for theatre, radio and TV. And the following books: King Crow (novel: Bluemoose Books); Couples (poetry: Valley Press); Cafe Assassin (novel: Bluemoose Books); Mr Jolly (short stories: Valley Press) Author page:
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