World Book Night chart - part one

Waterstones bookstore celebrates World Book Night
Waterstones bookstore celebrates World Book Night

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities.

Here we look at 10 of the 20 books being given away as part of this year’s book night celebrations on April 23. See next week for the remaining 10.

Chickenfeed – Minette Walters

Based on the true story of the ‘chicken farm murder’ which took place in December 1924.

Custard Tarts And Broken Hearts – Mary Gibson

The story of a factory girl living in Bermondsey during World War 1.

Dead Man Talking – Roddy Doyle

Pat and his best friend Joe Murphy fell out years ago so when Pat hears Joe has died he decides it’s time to talk.

The Martian – Andy Weir

Stranded on Mars with no way to communicate with Earth, life looks bleak for Mark Watney but he is determined to do what he can to survive.

Spring Tide – Cilla & Rolf Borjlind

Gripping Scandinavian crime novel from the scriptwriters behind Arne Dahl and Wallander.

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher

When 10-year-old Jamie he sees an advert for a talent show he feels this is the answer to getting everything back on track.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

When Harold Fry sets off to post a letter it is the start of a big adventure that will see him walk from one end of the country to the other.

Essential Poems From The Staying Alive Trilogy – Neil Astley (Editor)

A remarkable collection of poems from many different voices.

After The Fall – Charity Norman

Suspicions are raised when a five-year-old seemingly falls from an upstairs veranda.

Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen

A love story set in a travelling circus between a veterinary student and the beautiful young star of the equestrian act.

*All books available at your local Lancashire library or visit or