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A million books to be given away free in one night

One million books will be given away free in the UK and Ireland on 5 March for the inaugural World Book Night.

Some 20,000 volunteers will hand out 48 copies each of their favourite book from a 25-strong list. A further 40,000 will be distributed by organisers.

Would-be volunteers apply through the event's website, choosing a book from the list which features Alan Bennett, John Le Carre and Margaret Atwood.

Will Gompertz reports.

  • 02 Dec 2010