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World Book NightWorld Book Night

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April. It sees passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading with people who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books.  

To view the book list for 2014, which includes The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and to find out more click here.


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Entries are now open for the annual Harvill Secker Young Translators' Prize. Find out more here

Tracy Chevalier To Retell Othello For The Hogarth Shakespeare

Fifteen years after the publication of Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was inspired by one of the best-loved paintings in the world, Hogarth announces that Tracy Chevalier is joining the Hogarth Shakespeare series to write a novel inspired by one of the world’s best-loved plays – Othello. Read more

Knausgaard Recommends

Karl Ove Knausgaard shares some of his favourite books from around the world in this article from the International Writing page. Read on.  

Mark Lawson Interviews Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes talks to Mark Lawson about love, grief, memory and his memoir Levels of Life. Listen here

homechildrensTen Of The Best Children's Books

Take a trip back to childhood with some of the best books for children ever written. View list.

My Favourite Book

Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be? divulges her favourite read. Read here.


Animated Knausgaard


5 short films by talented young animators inspired by Karl Ove Knausgaard's A Man in Love. Watch here.


Spanish Literature

The International Writing page is all about Spain this month. Visit to see if you agree with our five of the best list, to read more about the genius of Enrique Vila-Mata and to gain insights into writing jacket copy. Read more