Friday, 6 April 2012

World Book Night - Recommendations from the authors

World Book Night this year is on 23rd April. I have chosen to give away The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. The event is taking place in the UK and the US, and 25 different titles have been chosen in each country.

This year each of the authors chosen (or their estates or heirs) have in turn recommended a book to their readers. There are excerpts from the recommended books on the WBN website here and the relevant excerpt will also be printed in the back of the free copies of the author's book.

Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn, chosen by Jane Austen’s publishers
Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore, chosen by Iain M. Banks
The Creeper by Tania Carver, chosen by Mark Billingham
In Trouble Again by Redmond O’Hanlon, chosen by Bill Bryson
The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges, chosen by Paulo Coelho
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, chosen by Martina Cole
Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride, chosen by Bernard Cornwell
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, chosen by the Roald Dahl estate
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, chosen by Charles Dickens’s publishers
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, chosen by Emma Donoghue
Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman, chosen by the du Maurier estate
Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig, chosen by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats by Hesh Kestin, chosen by Stephen King
The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield, chosen by Sophie Kinsella
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon, chosen by Andrea Levy
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, chosen by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, chosen by Audrey Niffenegger
Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns, chosen by Maggie O’Farrell
King Crow by Michael Stewart, chosen by David Peace
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton, chosen by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet, chosen by Meg Rosoff
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado, chosen by Joe Simpson
Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, chosen by the Dodie Smith estate
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, chosen by Markus Zusak

If you want to read about my experiences as a giver for World Book Night 2011, please take a look at these posts here, here and here. And there's a video of the launch in Trafalgar Square here.