Today the Reading Agency have announced the list of books to be given away on World Book Night 2018, which takes place on 23 April. Amongst an eclectic range of titles from a variety of publishers, there are eight books from Penguin Random House authors, including Emma Healey's bestseller Elizabeth is Missing, Susan Hill's classic ghost story The Woman In Black and Kit de Waal's My Name Is Leon.
Each title is selected to inspire people who don't regularly read to pick up a book and get reading. This year's campaign has a particular focus on mental health, with 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year. The Reading Agency's research shows that reading can increase empathy, improve relationships with others and reduce the symptoms of depression.
The Reading Agency will be working with public libraries, prisons, colleges, care homes, youth centres, mental health groups and other charities to get books into the hands of new readers on the night, with several events also taking place nationwide. To find out more about how to take part, visit the World Book Night website.
In total Penguin Random House will donate 16,000 books, as part of our Creative Responsibility goal to donate 500,000 books to charity by 2020. Our World Book Night titles are: