‘The Book Thief’ Tops Popularity List According To The Book People’s Pinterest Poll

On 23rd April – the official UNESCO international day of the book – people everywhere can receive gifted copies of one of the 25 books that have been chosen to mark World Book Night 2012 and, in a Pinterest poll organised by the Book People, the public has chosen Markus Zusak’s ‘The Book Thief’ as their favourite title in the collection.

World Book Night is an annual event that works to celebrate the joy of reading and encourage those that normally shy away from this fantastic hobby to get back into it. It’s set to take place on April 23rd and a total of 25 fiction books have been whittled down from a huge selection. These books include everything from historical novels to fantasy fiction, so there’s something for everyone.

“We fully support the ethos behind World Book Night,” said Lindsay Eyers of the Book People.

“Nowadays, one in six has difficulty with reading and writing, and literacy is one of the most important skills a person can have.

“To celebrate World Book Night we asked our customers and followers on social networking sites to choose their favourite title on a special Pinterest poll and‘The Book Thief’ was the winner.”

In the week running up to 23rd April ‘givers’ that have signed up to take part in the event can pick up 24 copies of their chosen title from the top 25, all of which will be printed as special World Book Night editions. The givers will then distribute every copy to friends, family, colleagues and even strangers that wouldn’t normally visit their local bookshop to buy new books.

There will also be a number of events held to celebrate World Book Night in areas across the UK, and many other countries will be involved, including Ireland, the USA and Germany.

All of the books included in the World Book Night top 25 can be bought from the Book People now and, as per the bookseller, are available with great discounts to help in saving money when shopping.

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The Book People’s Seni Glaister And Sara Cooper Take On Their Toughest Challenge Yet

Spring may have sprung here in the UK but for two intrepid adventurers life is about to get a whole lot colder. CEO of the Book People Seni Glaister, along with friend and colleague Sara Cooper, is setting off this week on an epic ‘stroll’ to the North Pole, in aid of children’s hospice charity Shooting Star CHASE.

This will be Seni and Sara’s third challenge, after they climbed Kilimanjaro in 2010 and scaled the three highest mountains in North Africa in 2011. They will be putting their own tents up in temperatures as low as -50 degrees, navigating around open water, dragging their kit over pressure ridges in the ice – and keeping a watchful eye out for polar bears.

The Stroll to the Pole is a challenge for a very good cause. Seni and Sara are walking to celebrate the life of publisher Peter Bowron, who died suddenly in 2009, and to raise money for Shooting Star CHASE. So far, the pair’s efforts, together with the Book People’s annual Catteshall Stroll, have raised over £110,000 to help their local hospice, Christopher’s, keep on providing respite care for life-limited children and a lifeline for their families.

Further information on this extraordinary expedition and where the money will be going can be found on the following websites:

www.strolltothepole.co.uk – all about Seni and Sara’s challenge
www.catteshallstroll.co.uk – register to support or take part in this year’s stroll
www.shootingstarchase.org.uk – all about this amazing charity

Follow the pair’s progress, step by freezing step, on Twitter @Long_Flat_White

Seni Glaister says: “There is no doubt that this is our most ambitious expedition to date, but we’re heading north in aid of a wonderful cause. Christopher’s has no guaranteed government funding so every penny we raise really does count. As we drag our sleds over the ice and huddle in our tents at night, knowing that people at home are wishing us well and helping us raise money will really help to keep us going.”

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/strolltothepole

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