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World Book Night

April is World Book Night month, as we build up to the national celebration of reading on the 23rd. Our fantastic list of books from publishers has been chosen especially to inspire both readers and non-readers alike. Find out more about World Book Night including how you can get involved. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #WorldBookNight

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1 by Graeme Simsion
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon
The Chalk Pit: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 9 by Elly Griffiths
The Children by Ann Leary
The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age by Marina Cantacuzino
Himself by Jess Kidd
Die Last by Tony Parsons
Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy
The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith
Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad by Rio Ferdinand
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
Artemis by Andy Weir
Shadows in Heaven: A gritty family drama from the Sunday Times bestseller by Nadine Dorries
Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
The Ice Cream Girls: a gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author by Dorothy Koomson

Man Booker International Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize has been announced, featuring six books in contention for the prize, celebrating the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. Find out more about the shortlist. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using #MBI2019, #FinestFiction and @readingagency.

The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, and Anne McLean
Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, and Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi
The Years by Annie Ernaux, and Alison L. Strayer
The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zeran, and Sophie Hughes
The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann, and Jen Calleja

Wellcome Book Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the best new books that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Find out more about the shortlist. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using #WBP2019 and @readingagency.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery by Arnold Thomas Fanning
Murmur by Will Eaves
Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee
Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar

Themed booklists

We’ve collected together some of our previous booklists on a variety of themes and topics. Take a look to find your next read.

All The World’s a Stage
International Women’s Day
Lasting Letters
Tall Tales
International Migrants Day
Books of the Year 2018
Inspiration for NaNoWriMo: Debuts of 2018
Non-fiction November
Spooky Reads
Summer 2018
Book to film adaptations
Inspirational Women
Pride 2018
Books of the Year 2017
Debuts of 2017
STEM Non-Fiction
A splash of colour for a grey day
Science fiction from the last twenty years
Women in translation
Hot, hot, hot!
Books to make you laugh and cry
Travel books
Romance reads without the cheese
Marmite reads
Back to school
City vs. Country