Over 1 million books will be given away in the next 24 hours to celebrate World Book Night which is being held this year in Ireland, the UK and the US.
Today, April 23 is also UNESCO’s World Book Day, chosen due to the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as Shakespeare’s birth and death.
The aim of this initiative is to reach ‘reluctant readers’ so each year 25 titles are chosen and the 1,000,000 books are distributed throughout the community with half donated directly to hospitals, prisons and care homes, and the other half distributed amongst individuals in communities.
Titles on this year’s list include: Room by Emma Donoghue, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Misery by Stephen King and A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.
The full list and more information on how to get involved is available here