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World Book Night - 5th March 2011

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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2011 20:38:03 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2011 22:46:48 GMT
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Helen Smith says:
Oh yes! Of course it was Mark Haddon - sorry. I'm sure I got it right when I told people last night! It was the combination of a ferry and a baby, and you so kindly wrapping the books that was the most important bit - I know I said that, at least.

It was nice to be there in Trafalgar Sq but what's exciting about it is that we're all part of it, whether 'givers' or recipients. Two million people! I gave out about 20 Muriel Sparks to random strangers in Brixton this evening. I mainly chose people who were working - life is hard enough without working on a Saturday night; I have done it. So I gave some to the staff in a couple of bars and restaurants, as well as two chaps at the prison, a policeman and some customers in a couple of restaurants/bars. I would have liked to give one to a bus driver. I have some in reserve so I may take another, shorter, trip tomorrow and try to do it then. I am giving a lot of my books to these exiled writers I have mentioned - I volunteer as a writing mentor, working with torture survivors at the Medical Foundation. I would have liked to give a party for them this evening to give them their books but it proved too difficult to get everyone together on a Saturday (the group usually meets on Wednesday evenings) so I'm going in next week when there's a workshop. The rules have relaxed a bit since they were first announced and it's OK to give them out after tonight.

I hope everyone enjoyed taking part tonight. I was slightly embarrassed - but also exhilarated - to be giving out books to strangers. I wish I could do it more often to more people.

Posted on 6 Mar 2011 15:17:50 GMT
My friend and I were live on BBC 2 last night by being strategically placed in the background behind Sarah Waters when she was being interviewed by Will Gompertz!!! I am glad I set my recorder, so I could watch it when I got in. She gave a really interesting interview about Fingersmith and spoke about her other books too at the Aye Write festival, made me want to read it again. I dutifully gave back my free copy of the book though as I already have one, but I was unlucky to arrive a bit late and missed all the other books being handed out! Never mind, I have plenty to be getting on with anyway.

Posted on 6 Mar 2011 15:36:06 GMT
M. Dowden says:
Karen my mum always goes on about The Fingersmith, so I assumed she had read it. She has only seen the tv version, so I will have to lend her my copy. She has never read any of Sarah Waters' books. My personal favourite of hers is Affinity.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2011 18:43:53 GMT
I have a copy of Fingersmith on DVD that I keep meaning to watch as it belongs to some friends who no doubt want it back! I actually just started reading Affinity this afternoon as listening to Sarah talk about the books made me meant to rush home and read the ones I have not yet read, as have only read Fingersmith and Tipping The Velvet so far. I never thought that her books would be my kind of thing as I don't really read much historical fiction, but she is such a good writer, I didn't talk to my OH for days when I read Fingersmith!! I hope your mum enjoys the book, I generally think that the book is better than the adaptation. Apparently all 5 of Sarah Waters' books have been, or are about to be, adapted for screen. Apparently The Little Stranger will be a film.

Posted on 6 Mar 2011 19:52:13 GMT
This is going to make me sound like a right prude (I'm really not!) but I have heard Fingersmith is quite rude. Would this be a fair description?

Charlene x

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2011 16:17:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2011 16:18:26 GMT
It is not as rude as Tipping the Velvet!! There is a little bit of sex in it but it is quite tastefully done I would say. TTV is much more graphic, whereas Fingersmith seems a little more innocent.

Posted on 8 Mar 2011 00:52:50 GMT
Right that's it. I have decided. I have put the 23 books I haven't read into my wish list and I am going to buy them all second hand, read them and then pass them on. I hardly ever read fiction and it is about time I started I think. I usually read non fiction. I'm heavily into serial killers, sex offenders, terrorists and forensic psychology (I'm doing a Masters in forensic psychology and criminology) and that is really all that's on my book shelves. Hundreds of them!

Posted on 8 Mar 2011 12:31:46 GMT
Minijax says:
I went to a 60th birthday party last Saturday, World Book Night. The guests were asked to come with a wrapped book and take one home with them. I took my own book, Tainted Tree, but because I felt a pang of guilt about that, I added another book, very different from my own, Darshan: A Journey by Irene Black. The book I took home was The Secret Purposes by David Baddiel.

Posted on 8 Mar 2011 12:59:06 GMT
Mark Porter says:
I was hoping I would run across the Margaret Attwood novel. 'Blind Assassin' and 'Oryx...' are two of the best I have ever read.

Posted on 8 Mar 2011 16:25:46 GMT
M. Dowden says:
C Rucroft, actually you would think that the books would be rude, but in fact none of them are that much. Although Ms Waters did say that she got a strong reaction from her lesbian fans for her last book due to the fact that it had no lesbian action in it. She did say to me and others that her next book is going to have a lesbian theme, but I have no idea what it will be about or what it will be called (she is I assume keeping that under wraps).

Karen, I have got my mum interested in Wilkie Collins' WOman in WHite and The Moonstone lately as well, she is only just realising what great boojks she has been missing out on. : ) The Little Stranger will be a film, as it stands at the moment. The Night Watch will be a tv adaptation, which I have been led to believe will appear sometime this year and will star Anna Maxwell Martin (I think I have got the name right) who is starring in South Riding at the moment on tv.

What I love about Affinity and The Fingersmith is that they are reminiscent of the old sensation fiction of the 19th century.

Posted on 8 Mar 2011 19:40:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2011 19:41:02 GMT
Leo McMarley says:
Great to see so many engaged and enthusiastic reactions to World Book Night on this discussion board. and that so many of you are givers.
and that so many of you have got what it is really about - the promoting of reading and sharing and the personal recommendation.

I gave away all my copies of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and fell somewhat bereft when I had run out. The consolation was in knowing that each of those 48 copies had been hand-delivered to someone who seemed genuinely happy to have received it and I am pretty certain that a good number of these people will read the book and pass it on.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2011 19:46:27 GMT
Leo McMarley says:
How did it go bj? I love the sound of what you organised and hope you had a great crowd.

What a book Beloved is
As I Lay Dying is another real favourite of mine and one that I would love to see on a future WBN list.
Ditto The Road
and Their Eyes were Watching God

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2011 19:53:56 GMT
I absolutely loved it. I would do this again in a heartbeat. On a warmer day though!!! Quite a few people were involved in making my giving a success and I am grateful to them all. One missing link from that chain would have meant it would not have worked out. Being on the ferry was a challenge as the crossing is only 10 minutes and at one point there was 15 cars on it! The support I had from others was just incredible. I am looking forward to buying the other books on the list. I am going to pile them up in a corner where I can see them as a constant reminder of the wonderful reward that awaits me when I have completed my masters degree next month.

Posted on 8 Mar 2011 20:11:22 GMT
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Twink says:
I was fortunate enough to be given a copy of A Fine Balance whilst on my way to meet my friend in Cardiff Bay...and I say fortunate as I was inspired to buy it by the programme "My Life in Books". To those of you who gave up your time to hand copies of all the great books out, thank you. Not enough people know the joy a book can give!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2011 11:00:44 GMT
Sarah did get asked a question about her new book, all she would say is that it was set in 1920s London and there would be a lesbian theme. She is about 100 pages into the writing, so we are not to expect it for a couple of years yet!

You are right about the adaptations. She mentioned who else was going to be in The Night Watch, but I've completely forgotten who! She is slightly bewildered that all 5 of her books so far have been adapted, it is a very unusual position for an author to be in.

Posted on 10 Mar 2011 12:24:03 GMT
M. Dowden says:
Karen, I am always doumbfounded when she is up for the Booker and doesn't win. Perhaps she's too popular to win the prize. I don't know how many books she has sold, but with the film and tv rights she must quietly be raking in a lot of money.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2011 12:40:19 GMT
Astounding, I'm not sure what she was up against when she didn't win for Fingersmith but I rarely think that the best books win the prizes. Popularity should not be a negative factor! Anyway, as you say, she is doing sufficiently well without winning the major prizes!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2011 18:56:07 GMT
VCBF (Val) says:
She was shortlisted (2002), "Life of Pi" won.

Posted on 10 Mar 2011 19:29:01 GMT
ohheather says:
I gave out copies of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - to four or five people in my Book Group who hadn't read it, to my daughter, and then took the remaining ones down to the pub. Bar staff, publican, and drinkers were all offered a copy, and few refused. When I explained that I was giving away free books, one man asked, "It's not the Bible, is it?"

A group of eight seated themselves at a table after getting their drinks and then I explained that the idea was to read the book and pass it on. A couple of the people had immigrated to Canada 16 years ago, and were back for a visit - so I was pleased to be able to tell them that Margaret Atwood was over here for the launch in Trafalgar Square the night before!

Things seemed quiet in the pub, and with about 15 books left, I decided to call it a night at 9 p.m. and watch the coverage on tv, and found a teenage couple eating chips on a bench outside the pub, so they each took a copy, too.

The next morning I knocked on the doors of three of my neighbours who were delighted to take a book, and then I found good homes for the rest when I approached various people at church over the coffee time.

Posted on 11 Mar 2011 16:44:53 GMT
M. Dowden says:
ohheather, I didn't like that book. I remember reading it when it came out in paperback. Everyone was aying how fantastic it was so I had to give it a go. I read it and just couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Oh well, different horses for different courses.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2011 17:51:17 GMT
hiljean says:
I'm rather with you on that one, M Dowden. I didn't dislike the book but I was puzzled by its overwhelming success.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2011 18:15:54 GMT
I liked Life of Pi, but I like Fingersmith much more!

Posted on 12 Mar 2011 17:35:56 GMT
M. Dowden says:
hiljean, it was a friend of my parents who got me into reading it eventually, needless to say I have never read any of their other recommendations since. : )

Karen, it was years after till I read Life of Pi, but I really enjoyed it as it was something different. It was like when Wolf Hall won, I thought The Little Stranger was much better. But as always, we just buy and read the books and make our opinions, we don't get paid to do it. : )

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2011 13:22:44 GMT
VCBF (Val) says:
Like you, I enjoyed both, but I can see why "Life of Pi" won, it is more original and more 'Bookerish'. Sarah Waters should really have won the Orange prize by now though, to quote from their website: "...the prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world." and her writing fits this description very well.
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