Books  |  Sep 12, 2011

World Book Night 2012 longlist announced

The World Book Night 2012 committee, for which Tracy Chevalier is chair, has announced the longlist of the 100 titles which are in the running to be selected for next year’s giveaway. From 25 June to 31 August 2011 readers were asked to nominate their favourite 10 books. Over 6,000 people nominated more than 8,000 titles and the top 100 now make up the longlist from which the WBN committee will select 25 titles which members of the public can apply to give away. The 25 titles will be announced during the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2011.

The longlist is made up of an array classic novels and popular modern titles, including seven Curtis Brown titles. Daphne du Maurier’s timeless Rebecca and Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, both frequently heralded as two of the greatest literary works of the twentieth century, are featured, alongside two titles by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace. Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is also on the list. Two titles that were included in last year’s giveaway are featured again in this year’s longlist: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and One Day by David Nicholls.

World Book Night will be held on 23 April 2012.