You might be used to finding all kinds of free papers on the London Underground (including – rarely – a certain rather excellent weekly London magazine…) but this week you can go one better and pick up a full-blown novel on the tube, gratis.
As part of World Book Day, which takes place on Thursday March 1, London’s Big Read will be leaving six specially chosen novels on tubes and trains across the city. There’ll also be a designated book exchange at Library on St Martin’s Lane, where people will be able to swap their old tomes for a copy of one of the chosen authors’ new works.
Promoting texts that have a positive impact on society, the free books are all non-fiction works written by Londoners, discussing topics including identity and equality. Here’s the full list of the freebie reads: ‘Self Made’ by Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole, ‘Brit(ish)’ by Afua Hirsh, ‘Julius Caesar and Me’ by Paterson Joseph, ‘The Belt Boy’ by Kevin Lueshing and Mike Dunn, ‘Black and British’ by David Olusoga and ‘Diversify’ by June Sarpong.
Library will also be hosting a series of readings throughout March. Get all the info on The Big Read here.
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