World Book Night, an initiative of the Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers is this year celebrating it's 10 year anniversary. The annual celebration of books and reading on 23 April is designed to bring people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more.
This is an ideal that Calibre absolutely gets on board with, and to celebrate a decade of great reading we have gone back through all 10 years of World Book Night's featured books and brought you 10 of the best that are available from our collection.
The first title in the gripping Shardlake series. In 1537 Thomas Cromwell is obeying King Henry VIII's order that all monasteries be dissolved. Many monks are opposed to this, and when Cromwell's Commissioner is found dead, Matthew Shardlake is sent to uncover the truth. (A World Book Night Book, 2011).
An American writer turns a laconic and affectionate eye over Britain - his adopted country. (A World Book Night Book, 2012).
Callum is a nought, a second class citizen in a world run by Crosses. Sephy is a cross, the daughter of a powerful man. The two meet and eventually fall in love but a life together is a hopeless dream that is about to become a horrifying nightmare. (A World Book Night Book, 2013).
One wet Friday night, Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge. He is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife is repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he's a dog. (A World Book Night Book, 2014).
A widow at thirty-one, Katherine Parr is obliged to return to court but, suspicious of the ageing Henry, she does so with reluctance. When she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love. But her presence at court has attracted the attentions of another… (A World Book Night Book, 2015).
Set in the 1970s against a backdrop of terrorism and the downfall of 'Old Labour', three friends take over the editorship of their school magazine. A very funny look at this period through the eyes of teenagers. (A World Book Night Book, 2016).
When a teenage girl is murdered on Shetland the locals suspect Magnus Tait, a loner, but the police are determined to open out the investigation. Soon everyone is locking their doors at night fearful of the killer in their midst. (A World Book Night Book, 2017).
Maud is forgetful and struggling to cope with dementia. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it. (A World Book Night Book, 2018).
Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried,DCI Nelson has a murder inquiry on his hands. Ruth and Nelson must unravel the gruesome secrets of the underground before it claims another victim. (A World Book Night Book, 2019).
From acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur comes a powerful new collection of poems exploring issues of identity, difference, perseverance, relationships, fear, loss and joy. The poems draw on the author’s experience as a young mixed-race young woman trying to make sense of a lonely and complicated world, that will resonate with all young people, whatever their background, and whatever their dreams. (A World Book Night Book, 2020).
The World Book Night 2021 list is available on their website, and we're thrilled that two of the titles on the list are already in our collection:
Lizzie Vogel leaves her alcoholic, novel-writing mother and heads for Leicester to work for a racist, barely competent dentist, obsessed with joining the freemasons. Soon Lizzie is heading reluctantly, at top speed, into the murky depths of adult life: where her driving instructor becomes her best friend; her first boyfriend prefers birdwatching to sex and where independence for a teenage girl might just be another word for loneliness.
Emma Woodhouse, who loves to interfere in the romantic affairs of others, is oblivious to the matter of whom she herself should marry– after all she is beautiful, clever, rich, and contentedly single!