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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Chalke Valley History Festival supports Give a Book

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Since 2011, the annual Chalke Valley History Festival has set out to excite, enthral and entertain about the past. A festival dedicated to history, it is a wonderfully varied week of talks, discussions, debates, and [...]

Stage Spiders and the 12 hour Readathon

March 31st, 2017|0 Comments

The awesome Stage Spiders is a student–led volunteering group working out of Kent University. They run a host of community youth projects with the aim of encouraging confidence and creativity in children and young people through drama, storytelling, crafts, [...]

Celebrating Prison Libraries

March 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Give a Book was privileged recently to visit HMP Huntercombe for its Library Spring Revival.  We'd been delighted to send books to them to help refresh their stock but we don't always get the opportunity to [...]

How dogs are helping children to read

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

We've had this guest blog from Jocelyn Brown. Reading to Dogs can Improve a Child’s Confidence. Whenever it comes time to give a speech or presentation, my mind goes back to reading aloud in school. [...]

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 [...]