Melvyn Bragg, Antonia Fraser, Kamila Shamsie, Rory Stewart, Tom Wells and Timberlake Wertenbaker, contributors to The Pleasure of Reading, discuss their reading experiences and the books that have inspired them.

Watch the full-length interviews here.

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James Bond and the 27th Letter–a competition now open.

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Did you know that Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, was a passionate book collector? In 1952, the year he wrote Casino Royale, he also launched The Book Collector magazine—which remains the only [...]

World Book Day & London Prisons

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

For the first time in 2017, World Book Day will be working with all thirteen of Her Majesties Prisons in the Greater London Area, including HMP Belmarsh, Pentonville and Wormwood Scrubs. Thousands of the specially-published [...]

A Tower Hamlets Librarian talks to us about working with Give a Book

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Lucy Chambers, BA Hons, MInfSci, MCLIP talks to Give a Book I am a school librarian for Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services. I am in a team of professional librarians and currently run four primary [...]

The Power of Cupcakes

January 30th, 2017|0 Comments

There once was a cupcake. This was not just any cupcake but was one of the special Give a Book cupcakes baked for us by the wonderful Primrose Bakery. Somehow—history does not divulge how-- this [...]

A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell

January 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Give a Book was thrilled recently to go to an exciting evening in the theatre. A stage adaptation of A Judgement in Stone, by the late great Ruth Rendell, is currently touring in a new [...]

Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap

January 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap is taking over London. Over 70 venues across London will be celebrating Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap’s sixth birthday on Saturday 11 February, when all their doors will open to [...]