Further to my World Book Night posting I made yesterday, and Nicola Morgan’s suggestion of a complimentary action of actually BUYING a book from a bookshop and giving it away free to someone else (to the benefit of the bookshop, publisher and author), I have done just that! I walked into my excellent independent bookshop, Burway Books of Church Stretton, and purchased a copy of Phil Rickman‘s The Remains of an Alter. Phil Rickman sets many of his books within the Diocese of Herefordshire, of which Church Stretton falls, so it has a wonderful local connection. But even better than that, the owner of Burway Books, Ros Ephraim, is even mentioned in the author’s credits (page 504) for the help she gave him whilst researching for this particular novel. It seemed the perfect book for this event!
Whilst I was writing the dedication inside (pictured above), Ros approached an unsuspecting young woman and asked her if she would like a free book. Understandably, she was a little taken aback, but graciously accepted the gift in the spirit of World Book Night. If everyone who commented on Nicola’s Blog has done what they promised to do, then Our World Book Night efforts will have made a small contribution to booksellers, publishers, authors and readers up and down the country too.
Let’s hope that next year’s World Book Night is bigger, better, and more supportive of bookshops, and authors who are perhaps not as well known as the authors in tonight’s free book giveaway. And of course, you don’t have to wait until World Book Night in order to give a book to somebody. It’s an action you can do at any time of the year. And it’s one that not only benefits the recipient, but a whole chain of grateful people too.