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Final 25 World Book Night titles unveiled

25th October 2011

The 25 titles that will be given away on World Book Night 2012 have been announced, after being whittled down from a list of 100 books.

They include a combination of classic and contemporary titles, ranging from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.

Cormac McCarthy's critically-acclaimed The Road sits alongside Stephen King's bestselling psychological thriller Misery, while Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca will be given away alongside Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island.

World Book Night 2012 will take place on April 23rd in London, where one million books comprising 25 titles will be given away to the public.

The books were partly chosen by members of the public, who voted over the summer to create a list of 100 titles they would most like to see given away, with an editorial committee of industry experts then using this as a basis to choose the final 25 books.

Feature talks and seminars by literary giants and other key industry figures will also be held at the event, in a bid to promote literacy and the power of reading.

Julia Kingsford, chief executive of World Book Night, said the defining factor of next year's giveaway list is that the titles are all 'brilliant reads'.

'From classics to contemporary favourites, international bestsellers to major prize-winners, it's an exciting, diverse and compelling list that genuinely features something for everyone,' she explained.

The application process to become a giver on the night is now also underway, with 20,000 places available to members of the public willing to hand out the titles on April 23rd.

Author Tracy Chevalier, chair of the World Book Night editorial committee, said the diversity of the list is 'a reminder of the many different roads reading opens up'.

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, whose collaborative work Good Omens has made the list, said its inclusion will hopefully encourage recipients to give the titles away once they have finished with them and further their reading by exploring the shelves in bookstores and libraries.

The list of the 25 titles to be handed out on the night can be found here, while anyone wishing to volunteer to be a giver can follow this link.

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