Tuesday, 22 April 2014

World Book Night and The Humans

"The wonderful thing about World Book Night is that while everyone talks about getting books into the hands of people who probably wouldn't read them otherwise, World Book Night goes out there in the real world and does exactly that.” Matt Haig, author.
Photo: Starman by Carl Jones. Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence.
Matt Haig’s new novel, The Humans, is one of the titles being given away as part of this year’s World Book Night. Born and bred round these parts, Matt lives in York and has written a number of successful titles; his latest, The Humans, is described by The Independent as a ‘wryly humorous look at the human condition as seen by an alien’.

We’re giving away a free copy donated by the author himself.

The fundamental aim of World Book Night is to ‘place books into the hands of those who don’t regularly read’ - volunteers give thousands of books away by applying to be a World Book Night Book Giver. If they're selected, the Book Givers share out copies of their chosen novel among their local community, thereby promoting their own love of reading. My brother-in-law has long been a fan of the scheme, so whenever I spy a bookshelf in my local pub I make a point of wandering over; there’s usually a donated book with his name in it somewhere on the shelves.

The books on offer for World Book Night are selected for mass appeal; the idea is to inspire as many people as possible to give reading a shot. Special emphasis is placed on novels for teenagers and young adults, as statistics tell us that 46% of this demographic don't ever read for pleasure.* This is likely to ring true for many an undergraduate or researcher. When was the last time you picked up a book just because you wanted to?

Jeanette Winterson describes The Humans as "a laugh-and-cry book. Troubling, thrilling, puzzling, believable and impossible. Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin." It certainly sounds like a tale fit for World Book Night, and we’re delighted to be able to share it with you. Follow our #WorldBookNight antics on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning a copy, and join us in celebrating a really worthwhile and inspiring annual event.

You can find Matt on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/matthaig1 and his website is here: http://www.matthaig.com/

*Statistic taken from the Department of Culture, Media and Sports' Taking Part Survey

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