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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:27 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Sandraseahorse wrote:
Yes, I did.  I posted the Bennett  today. (Not sure how long the post will take).

Thanks again - it should only take about five days - there doesn't seem to be old-fashioned sea mail any more.


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storrrm



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite registering for this almost immediately, I was informed that the book I had chosen was over-subscribed. Then a week before the event I got an email asking me to be a reserve giver. Long story short I didn't get any books until the actual day so had no time to plan anything. So now i've got 40 copies of The Reluctant Fundamentalist still to give away! Still considering how to distribute them, but overall the organisation for World Book Night was  poor to say the least. Anyway if anyone here wants a copy you're welcome to have one. I'm thinking of picking random addresses from the phone book and just sending them out!


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Rebecca



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the logistics of delivering a million books to twenty thousand different people caused more problems than anticipated; I know some people had to cancel planned events as their books didn't arrive.

I was lucky, I received my chosen book nine days before the night. The problem I had was total apathy in my area. I still have most of my books as there were no local events on the night, but I'm now able to take time talking to the people I'm giving them to, which I'm enjoying.

Next year, if I'm selected as a giver again and I really do hope I am, I shall organise something myself.


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Green Jay



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Location: West Sussex

PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yasmin wrote:
Next year, if I'm selected as a giver again and I really do hope I am, I shall organise something myself.


Is there going to be a next year, or was the million books a one-off event?


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sandra, the book arrived a few hours ago - only four days in the mail! I like the idea of registering the copy on the website so that there is a record of where it goes, hopefully around the world! Don't know about writing reviews and then connecting with other readers - keeping up with this Board is enough for me. Unless worldbooknight.org would like to sponsor us! Cheers


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Castorboy.  I'm pleased it arrived so promptly.  You may find it difficult to register on the World Book Night website - that seems to be having problems.  I still haven't managed to register with it  - but the WBN Facebook page is easier to access.  I've also registered with bookcrossing - so it will be fun trying to keep tabs on the books.

I hope you enjoy the book.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The earlier posts on this topic about biscuits reminds that there is a NZ writer, Sara-Kate Lynch, who has titles such as Blessed are the Cheesemakers, By Bread Alone, Eating with the Angels not forgetting Stuff it!: a wicked approach to dieting.
I haven't read her but she may bring .........food for thought!


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see  from the World Book Night website  a World Book Night has been scheduled for 2012 - this time the date shifted from March to April 23.  (I'll leave to to readers to spot the significance of that date).

The organisers say that they want to leave a bigger gap between World Book Day (aimed at children) and WBN as there was some confusion this year.

Also, to generate more interest and publicity, from June this year they will be asking the public to nominate which books they would like to see on the give away list.  The top 100 list will be drawn up - I presume a panel of worthies will then select from that list.  Also, one book included will be from the Nobel Prize for Literature winner for 2011.  

Has anyone any ideas of which books they would nominate for the give away in 2012?


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to see the soon to be published A Man of Parts by David Lodge and anything by Jane Gardam on the new list. And one of Anthony Powell's novels, maybe one from his monumental A Dance to the Music of Times series. He was an admirer of Marcel Proust and the following year, 1913, is the 100th anniversary of the publication of his Du cote de chez Swann novel.


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county_lady



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Location: N Worcs.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to recommend Henry James' The Golden Bowl or Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys.

And Leila Aboulela's book The Translator would complement this year's The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

BTW I've ordered a copy of David Lodge's Man of Parts, both the paperback and hardback editions were published here last month.



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