Happy World Book Night!
Pan Macmillan is delighted that books by Lucy Diamond, Ann Cleeves and Carol Ann Duffy are amongst this year’s World Book Night titles.
Whether you’re after a gripping mystery, some beautiful love poetry or just a great read for a sunny day, we’ve got the book for you! Best of all you can start reading all of our World Book Night books right here.
World Book Night
is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April. It sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities.
World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.
A Baby at the Beach Café
An engaging short story follow-up to Lucy Diamond's bestselling novel The Beach Café
Evie loves running her beach café in Cornwall but with a baby on the way, she's been told to put her feet up. Let someone else take over? Not likely.
Helen's come to Cornwall to escape the stress of city living. She hopes a seaside life will be the answer to all her dreams. When she sees a job advertised at the café it sounds perfect.
But the two women clash and sparks fly. . . and then events take a dramatic turn. Can the pair of them put aside their differences in a crisis?
Start reading A Baby at the Beach Café
Take a look at the A Baby at the Beach Café
reading guide here.
Too Good To Be True
A gripping Quick Read from Ann Cleeves, featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the bestselling Shetland
When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don't happen.
But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from far-away Shetland when his ex-wife, Sarah, asks him to look into the case. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death? Sarah refuses to believe it - but needs proof.
Anna had been a teacher. She must have loved kids. Would she kill herself knowing there was nobody to look after her daughter? She had seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez, this suggests not suicide, but murder . . .
Start reading Too Good To Be True
Take a look at the Too Good To be True
reading guide here
Carol Ann Duffy
Whether writing of longing or seduction, of passion, adultery, or simple, everyday acts of love, Carol Ann Duffy is always imaginative, heartfelt and direct.
contains some of the Poet Laureate’s most popular poems and displays all the eloquence and skill that have made her one of our most loved contemporary poets.
Read ‘To the Unknown Lover’ from Love Poems
Here’s the full list of all of this year's fantastic World Book Night
books. Find out more about them and the rest of the World Book Night festivities here
1. Am I Normal Yet?
, Holly Bourne (Usborne)
2. Band of Brothers
, Stephen E Ambrose (Simon & Schuster)
3. I Can't Begin to Tell You
, Elizabeth Buchan (Michael Joseph)
4. Last Bus to Coffeeville
, J. Paul Henderson (Oldcastle)
5. Love Poems
, Carol Ann Duffy (Pan Macmillan)
6. Now You See Me
, Sharon Bolton (Transworld)
7. Perfect Daughter
, Amanda Prowse (Head of Zeus)
8. Reasons to Stay Alive
, Matt Haig (Canongate)
9. Shadow and Bone
, Leigh Bardugo (Hachette Children's)
10. Someone Else's Skin
, Sarah Hilary (Headline)
11. The Baby at the Beach Café
(Quick Read), Lucy Diamond (Pan Macmillan)
12. The Rotters' Club
, Jonathan Coe (Penguin General)
13. Too Good to be True
(Quick Read), Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan)
, S. J. Parris (HarperCollins)
15. Whispering Shadows
, Jan-Phillip Sendker (Birlinn)
Happy World Book Night!