Featured Titles: The Humans, Whatever It Takes, Rivers of London, Getting Rid of Matthew
World Book Night is an annual celebration of books and reading which takes place on 23 April. Passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in order to share their love of reading. There are 20 featured books to choose from.
For World Book Night 2014, Library of Birmingham is pleased to host four of the featured writers. They will be appearing at a series of 'Pop-Up' events from 5.30pm-6.15pm. At 7pm, all four will be in conversation in the Library Theatre.
The World Book Night novels from the four featured authors are:
The Humans by Matt Haig
Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog. Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder?
Eloise Hamilton is a Londoner born and bred, so it is a momentous day when she reluctantly agrees to uproot to Dartmouth, leaving behind her perfect world so her husband can finally live in his. Meanwhile Eloise's best friend is desperate to have a baby. So much so that Eloise comes up with an equally desperate plan to help her. And when Eloise's mother-in-law reveals a life-changing secret, it's up to Eloise to hold everything together. But is love enough?
What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the police? When a new cop is guarding a murder scene a witness to the incident might be just who he wishes to meet. Unless that witness is already dead. So begins an adventure turning on a centuries' old mystery in a time where the Metropolitan Police have a Wizardry unit. Perfect for fans of fantasy where worlds collide with strange and often hilarious consquences.
What to do if Matthew, your secret lover of the past four years, finally decides to leave his wife Sophie and their two daughters and move into your flat, just when you're thinking that you might not want him anymore... PLAN A: Stop shaving your armpits. And your bikini line. Tell him you have a moustache that you wax every six weeks. Pick holes in the way he dresses. Don't brush your teeth. Or pluck out the stray hag-whisker that grows out of your chin. PLAN B: Accidentally on purpose bump into his wife Sophie. Give yourself a fake name and identity. Befriend Sophie. Watch your whole plan go absolutely horribly wrong. Getting Rid of Matthew is sharp and hilariously funny and was deservedly a Richard and Judy choice.