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World Book Night 2014

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which takes place on
23 April. It is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read. Check out some of this year's titles...

by Ben Aaronovitch
Meet Peter Grant, of the Met Police, as he gets to grip with a very different London to the one he grew up in. Finding himself taking a witness statement from a ghost is just the start and he is soon taken under the wing of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. A gritty crime novel, with a magical twist. Witty, imaginative and great fun to read.

by Richard Wiseman
Whether you're looking to be more decisive in your life, find a new job or simply be happier, the chances are that this book has the 'magic bullet' you need. Psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast-acting, myth-busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems. From job-hunting to relationships, and from parenting to self-esteem, personal and professional success may be less than a minute away…

by Matt Haig
This wonderfully funny, gripping and inventive novel follows Professor Andrew Martin, who solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle, goes missing, and returns to his life a different man. Feeling removed from normal family life, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog. Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder?

by Andy McNab
From the day he was found in a carrier bag on the steps of Guy's Hospital, Andy McNab has led an extraordinary life. Growing up in South London, he attended seven schools in as many years. He was disillusioned and in remedial classes before ending up in juvenile detention where he was recruited into the Army. The next six months in the Army education system changed the course of his life forever. This inspiring Quick Read is a feel good book, which encourages and delights.

by Jane Fallon
This intelligent, edgy and funny novel follows Helen as she realises that nothing in life goes exactly to plan. What do you do when your secret lover finally decides to leave his wife and move into your flat - just when you've been thinking that you don't want him anymore? Getting rid of Matthew isn't as easy as it seems.

by Bernardine Evaristo
It's a hot summer afternoon. Tension is in the air. A gang of youths on bikes gathers outside a chip shop. A teenage boy is stabbed and left bleeding on the street. The boy's mother wonders how this could have happened to her son. She is full of questions, but when the answers lie so close to home, are they really what she wants to hear?

by Armistead Maupin
In 1976 Armistead Maupin launched his daily newspaper serial, 'Tales of the City', in the San Francisco Chronicle. The first fiction to appear in an American daily for decades, it grew into an international sensation when compiled and rewritten as novels. This first volume introduces a young secretary forsaking Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, and outrageous.

by John Boyne
An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war seen through the eyes of two young boys. A simple, moving and heartbreaking fable which will be enjoyed by adults and young adults alike. Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Holocaust.. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

by Adele Parks
When Londoner, Eloise Hamilton, reluctantly agrees to move to the country for her husband, she finds herself wondering – what if love is not enough? Eloise finds she is the one holding everything together for her loved ones - and by an ever-weakening thread. As her world implodes with the strain of being responsible for all around her, someone is bound to be overlooked. And the damage might be irreparable…