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Mass book giveaway for World Book Night

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Image caption Lynda La Plant's Prime Suspect is among the titles being handed out

Around 10,000 volunteers are due to hand out free books later as part of the fifth World Book Night.

Lynda La Plante's Prime Suspect, David Almond's Skellig, and Roddy Doyle's Dead Man Talking, are among the 20 titles being given away.

The event aims to reach "reluctant readers" by distributing 250,000 books around the UK. Organisers hope to reach the 35% of the population who do not currently read for pleasure.

As well as the 250,000 specially printed World Book Night titles, organisers as asking everyone to go out and buy their favourite book to then give to someone in their community,

David Almond, author of Skellig, described World Book Night as "great, optimistic, liberating, democratic project".

He said: "What a wonderful way to celebrate one of humankind's greatest creations. What a truly creative way to encourage people to read one book, then another, then another, to encourage people to become lifelong readers."

Lynda La Plante said it was an "honour" to have Prime Suspect included on this year's list.

"It is wonderfully heart-warming to think that a reader I have never met can be drawn into my story, be introduced to the characters I have created and experience some of the emotions I felt whilst writing the book.

"It is quite overwhelming. I hope that all of the chosen books bring huge enjoyment to readers worldwide."

The 20 titles being distributed on World Book Night are;

  • After the Fall by Charity Norman
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton
  • Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • Chickenfeed by Minette Walters
  • Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson
  • Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle
  • Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
  • Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy, Neil Astley (ed.)
  • Honour by Elif Shafak
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
  • Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante
  • Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Borjlind
  • Street Cat Bob by James Bowen
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

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