World Book Night 2017

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

As an organisational giver, Swindon Libraries are delighted to have multiple copies of Sunday Times #1 bestselling author Kimberley Chamber’s ‘Payback‘ to distribute around Swindon. We are also honoured to have Kimberley Chambers at the Central Library on Thursday 20th April. For full details click here.

Alongside events taking place nationwide, this year World Book Night is encouraging readers across the UK to celebrate reading by sharing a book that has made a difference to them. Give out your own book of choice in your community and post it on the World Book Night 2017 Goodreads page, or take part on social media on 23 April by recommending a book that has made a difference to you, using #WorldBookNight.
Research from The Reading Agency has shown that reading for pleasure is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background and can contribute to positive mental health. (1.) Nearly two thirds (64%) of those who received a book on World Book Night 2016 said it encouraged them to read more, while 88% of those who gave out books said they had talked about books more since taking part.(2.)

(1.Sullivan and Brown (2013) Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading 2. The Reading Agency (2016) World Book Night 2016 Evaluation Report )

David Almond, author, says: “What a great, optimistic, liberating, democratic project. 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. The Reading Agency and World Book Night are forces for development and change. They really are helping to create a better world.”

Join the World Book Night Goodreads community here

Publishers have donated the following books, most also available to borrow from Swindon Libraires. Just click on the link to check availability and/or reserve your copy.
The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam (Canongate)
Payback by Kimberley Chambers (Harper)
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan)
A Very Distant Shore by Jenny Colgan (Orion) Quick Reads
Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand (Transworld)
The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond (Pan Macmillan)
Faded Glory by David Essex (Head of Zeus)
Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin General)
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding (Vintage)
The Traitor (Carnivia Trilogy) by Jonathan Holt (Head of Zeus)
False Nine (Scott Manson series) by Philip Kerr (Head of Zeus)
The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan (Hodder & Stoughton)
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Hachette Children’s)
The Secret Marriage Pact by Georgie Lee (Mills & Boon)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (Bonnier Zaffre)
Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta (Pavilion)
The Good Son by Paul McVeigh (Salt)
One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton) Quick Reads
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Penguin Random House Children’s)
The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink (Pan Macmillan)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Vintage)
The Girl Who Wasn’t There by Ferdinand von Schirach (Little, Brown)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Penguin General)
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (Harlequin)
The Missing by C. L. Taylor (Avon)
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen Aged 83 ¼ – Anonymous (Michael Joseph)


Get involved

Take part in World Book Night by attending an event or giving a book of your own to someone in your community. Let us know what you’re doing by following World Book Night on Twitter or Facebook (@worldbooknight), or following all the news on

Full details of countrywide events will be available here.

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books, run by The Reading Agency, which takes place on 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday and UNESCO Day of the Book. You can read Free Thought Research’s impact report on World Book Night at

 The Reading Agency is the leading national charity inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to read for pleasure and wellbeing. Working with partners such as the public library service, our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts



  • Quick Reads, now part of The Reading Agency, aims to bring the pleasures and benefits of reading to everyone, including the one in three adults in the UK who do not regularly read for pleasure, and the one in six adults in the UK who find reading difficult. Each year big name authors are commissioned to write short books that are specifically designed to be easy to read. Since 2006, 4.8 million books have been distributed through the initiative, 4.6 million library loans (PLR) have been registered and through outreach work hundreds of thousands of new readers each year have been introduced to the joys and benefits of reading.
  • The World Book Night books are produced in the UK by Clays, part of St Ives PLC, and CPI Books. Clays were established over 200 years ago and recognised as a market leading book production specialist, printing over 140 million books every year.  CPI Books are a division of CPI Group, Europe’s leading digital and litho book printer, with a manufacturing presence in seven European countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic.
  • Other partners include: BBC, The Publishers’ Association, The Booksellers’ Association of UK and Ireland, Society of Chief Librarians
  • World Book Night is funded by Arts Council England, John Laing Charitable Trust, the publishers who fund the printing and distribution of the books and a huge range of private supporters who believe in the value of The Reading Agency’s work.