Organisers of World Book Night will hand out 250,000 volumes to “reluctant readers” on Thursday night in a bid to hook some of the third of the population who do not read for pleasure. Here are the 20 titles on offer:

After the Fall, Charity Norman Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, M C Beaton Assassin’s Apprentice, Robin Hobb Chickenfeed, Minette Walters Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts, Mary Gibson Dead Man Talking, Roddy Doyle Escape from Camp 14, Blaine Harden Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy, Neil Astley (ed.) Honour, Elif Shafak My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Annabel Pitcher Prime Suspect, Lynda La Plante Queen’s Gambit, Elizabeth Fremantle Skellig, David Almond Spring Tide, Cilla and Rolf Borjlind Street Cat Bob, James Bowen The Martian, Andy Weir The Moaning of Life, Karl Pilkington The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen When God Was a Rabbit, Sarah Winman

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