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Mon 23 Apr 2012 16:00 BBC Radio 4

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Monday 23 April 2012

Last year on World Book Night, one million books were given away for free. Mariella Frostrup explores the experience through the words of givers and receivers. Chris Queree, who, by various vicarious means, obtained numerous books to give to the inmates of HMP Bristol. C J Sansom's Dissolution was given away by Margaret McMullin outside her local chip shop. Keith Walters gave away Case Histories by Kate Atkinson on his local high street and Katie Fryd received One Day by David Nicholls whilst returning home from a night out in London.

All four participants gained different experiences - from the simplicity of sharing in the joy of those to whom they gave books, to being encouraged to write and illustrate their own book.

Tonight sees the second World Book Night give away, it might be worth hitting your local high street for the chance of a free book. You never know, it might change your life.


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