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World Book Night is upon us

23rd April 2012

The second annual World Book Night takes place tonight, with one million books being given away across the UK to promote reading and literature.

Launched last year, World Book Night involves thousands of copies of 25 popular titles being handed out across the UK by 20,000 volunteers. Each of these volunteers will give out 24 copies, with the aim of encouraging people who do not read often to fall in love with literature.

Many titles will also be given away at special events being held across the country in bookshops, libraries, community halls and cafes, as well as hospitals, care homes and prisons.

Julia Kingsford, chief executive of World Book Night, said each of the 25 titles being handed out offers something different.

'They're all brilliant reads. It's an exciting, diverse and compelling list that genuinely features something for everyone and, we feel sure, will inspire many hundreds of thousands of people to read and share these great books,' she added.

The titles being handed out range from classic novels such as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca to contemporary favourites including Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and Emma Donoghue's Room.

A full list of the 25 books can be found here.

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