Sobek supports World Book Night

World Book Night 2014

Hello there!

Did you know that, in the United Kingdom, 35% of people don’t read for pleasure? Don’t you think that this is a crying shame?

If you speak to any bookworm, myself included, they will tell you that reading is good for the soul. It’s an undisputed fact that it helps to build the imagination, nurturing ideas and helping to treat all manner of social and mental conditions. Literature helps us to expand our knowledge of the world – allowing us to consider ideologies that we may never have discovered or experience places that would otherwise have been inaccessible to us.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was some kind of worldwide event that helped to promote the joy of reading to those 35% people?

The 23rd April is World Book Night – an event that does just this. In short, it is a celebration of books which encourages people who have grown up loving them to share their passion with those around them. Every year, thousands of people in the UK alone give up some of their free time to hit the streets, seeking out people who do not regularly read and tempting them to try something new.

To accomplish this task, they are each given a box of free books. The books that are available on every given year are selected before hand by a panel of judges and volunteers pick their favourite to champion before they hit the streets. On top of this, World Book Night donates thousands of novels to potential readers in difficult to reach locations, including prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing.

I am proud to have been selected as a World Book Night volunteer for the last two years now. In 2012, my chosen novel was The Player of Games by one of my all-time favourite authors, Iain M Banks. Last year, I championed Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. This April I will be giving out free copies of After the Funeral by Agatha Christie.

I was encouraged to read from when I was very young and it saddens me to think that not everyone was so fortunate. If you happen to see Sobek and I wandering Norwich City Centre with our box of books on 23rd April, please give us a wave and usher any of your non-reader friends in our direction. If we can help one person to discover an untapped love of literature, we will consider the night to be roaring success!

If you want to learn more about the event, or find out if any special World Book Night events are taking place in your local libraries and book shops, please visit their website – They truly deserve your support.

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