We are delighted to announce that Josephine Hart's classic novel Damage has been chosen by the public as one of the books to be given away at next year's World Book Night.
Damage – her first novel – remains one of the most chilling explorations of physical passion and dark obsessive love ever written. Memorably filmed in 1992 starring Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche, the Sunday Times described it as 'genuinely frightening in its ruthless intensity'.
World Book Night 2013 launches today with the announcement of the full list of titles, and the official opening of the giver recruitment process. 20,000 members of the public will volunteer to give away 20 copies of one of 20 books on 23rd April 2013 to help spread a love of reading. In total, 400,000 books will be distributed by individual givers – the equivalent of an average day’s book sales in the UK. An additional 100,000 books will be distributed centrally by World Book Night through charity partners and institutions.
World Book Night CEO Julia Kingsford said:
“Fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary, prize winners and bestsellers; this year’s World Book Night books are united by being brilliantly enjoyable reads. With the help of 20,000 passionate volunteers putting them directly into the hands of those who don’t regularly read, they’ll inspire hundreds of thousands of people across the country to fall in love with reading.”
If you would like to be a giver at next year's World Book Night, here's how you can register to take part.
And for more information on WBN, and the full list of next year's books, see here for details.
Virago has just published Life Saving, a wonderful selection of introductions from Josephine Hart's Poetry Hour.
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