Fifty books that deserve a wider readership

Kim of Reading Matters blog draws attention to an article in the Daily Telegraph about how the organisers of World Book Day asked publishers to submit titles that they thought "deserved a wider readership" (don't publishers think that about all their books? I would!). From these submissions, the World Book Day people created a list of 50 fiction and non-fiction books, and invite readers to "vote for your favourite book on the list, so that we can find The Book to Talk About 2009".  As Kim points out, this is going to be hard if hardly anyone has read the books. Kim (who is a reading marvel) has reviewed only one, which I take it means that she's read only one. I haven't read any.

The full list is here.

World Book Day page, with voting details.

4 thoughts on “Fifty books that deserve a wider readership

  1. To my complete astonishment, I’ve found that I ‘reviewed’ (well as much as I review anything) three! They were all excellent and I highly recommend each one: THE FAMILY THAT COULDN’T SLEEP, SERIOUS THINGS and NOW YOU SEE HIM.
    Just going to see what Kim thought of them now…

  2. Thanks, Clare – I should have known you’d reviewed the first one, in fact I think I remember your review now you come to mention it.

  3. I’ve read three of them. And I’ve just ordered Catrin Dafydd’s Death and Custard which looks interesting. It’s not crime; it’s about life in the south Wales valleys. The synopsis has it spot on, by the looks of it.

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