Free Books for World Book Night

Date Released - 22/04/2022

AS part of their ongoing campaign to encourage more people to take up reading for pleasure, Tameside Libraries have been distributing free copies of Ayisha Malik’s novel “Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues” to mark World Book Night.

Universally praised, “Baby Blues” has been described as the perfect balance of romance and humour by the Independent, with many hailing heroine Sofia Khan as the new Bridget Jones. Author Ayisha Khan was one of WH Smith’s fresh talent picks in 2016.

Tameside Council received 160 copies and has since been giving them away at children’s Story Makers celebration events as part of its Tameside Loves Reading initiative to allow parents, carers and other adults to experience the pleasures and benefits that reading offers.

World Book Night, which takes place every spring, was established in the UK in 2011 to reinforce the power of reading and demonstrate how it can transform lives. Research even shows that reading for pleasure can improve health and wellbeing.

Each year, organisations are encouraged to apply for books to give away. Titles are selected by a small team from across the UK which this year included Tameside neighbourhood librarian Stephanie Hogan as recognition of her role as reading lead for Libraries Connected North West.

Stephanie said: “I was very proud and honoured to be asked. I believe I’ve helped to choose a title people will enjoy, and in doing so I hope I’ve played my part in encouraging more people to read for pleasure.

“Tameside Libraries is a great believer in promoting the benefits of reading, as evidenced by our successful and long-running Tameside Loves Reading campaign.

“For anyone who’s got the reading bug from a copy of ‘Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues’ or has simply decided they would like to read more, we have a vast selection of books and e-books on offer. To find out more, just pop into your local library or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries.”