Last year we were lucky enough to be selected to give out a number of books, chosen from a list of books being offered free, as part of World Book Night. There were a number of books to chose from and you could apply to be a ‘giver’ by chosing a book and writing your reasons for the choice and why you wanted to give that book. It is a great idea – a million books are given away free – all over the world – and all that is asked is that you read the book and then pass it on to someone else to read – free. Each book is numbered and when you get it you can register it on line – and so track the book’s journey.
Georgina chose “Fingersmith” and I chose “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”. On the day in 2011 we were running a smoking course at The Wild Boar at Windermere so we were able to give our books away to people on our course and also to a number of guests who were either staying or dining at the Inn.
This year we were again selected along with 20,000 other volunteers to support this reading event and to give out two more titles. This time Georgina has chosen “The Remains of the day” and I have chosen “Small Island”. We will be joining others all over the world and going out tonight to hand our our books to people in the villages of Shap, Crosby Ravensworth and Reagill. So if you are out there – watch out for us and come and ask us for a book!
Then all you have to do is read it, hopefully enjoy it and pass it on to someone else!
There are World Book Night events happening all over the country – look out for one in your area. www.worldbooknight.org