World Book Night 23 April

Happy World Book Night!

We hope that you enjoyed celebrating World Book Night with us on 23 April!

World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading on 23 April that brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Presented by The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers, in 2021 we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a special ‘Books to Make You Smile’ theme with our lead ambassador, Sandi Toksvig.

Download your copy of Stories to Make You Smile

Our specially commissioned book Stories to Make You Smile in partnership with Specsavers, is published today as a free eBook and audiobook download!, with the audiobook. It features stories written by bestselling authors and the audiobook is read by Adjoa Andoh, Hugh Bonneville, Samantha Bond and Madhav Sharma. Download your copy now.

Find your next book

If you’re looking for a new book, take a look at the 2021 booklist. There’s something for everyone on here, including fiction, non-fiction and young adult books.

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, you can also find recommendations of all the books we’ve featured on our curated booklists since 2011. Use our book sorter to find your next read across a range of genres.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, in partnership with Specsavers. The Reading Agency is a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.


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