Reading in the rain

It’s been great to be involved in Oxford’s World Book Capital bid on behalf of Oxford University Press–exciting to see the bid gradually come together.

So I really enjoyed taking part in the book giveaway in Oxford City Centre last week (even though it was raining) to celebrate the submission of Oxford’s bid to be World Book Capital 2014, and World Book Night.

We had 20 copies each of 5 books to give away:

Children’s/teen titles: Sky Hawk, by Gill Lewis and Mortal Chaos, by Matt Dickinson

Adult titles: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, The Alice Behind Wonderland, by Simon Winchester, and The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

We had a great response, and the books went really quickly. Lots of people we spoke to had heard about the bid in the local press. Many chose a book they wouldn’t normally read, or one to give to a friend or family member.

Since then we’ve had some exciting news about Sky Hawk. It’s just been shortlisted for the Branford Boase award which is given annually to the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for children. Really pleased for author Gill Lewis, and for her editor, OUP’s very own Liz Cross.

Visit our website to download reading group notes for Sky Hawk (and lots of OUP’s other children’s titles).


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