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    On Saturday, 5 March 2011, two days after World Book Day, with the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day, the BBC and RTE, one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland. The book give-away will comprise 40,000 copies of each of the 25 carefully selected titles, to be given away by 20,000 'givers', who will each distribute 48 copies of their chosen title to whomever they choose on World Book Night. The remaining books will be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals. The twenty-five titles were selected by a wide-ranging editorial committee, chaired by James Naughtie.

    The 25 are here...

    And, ok, so we're not giving them away...

    But they are cheap!

    And we are truly global...

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    Maybe it's because it's 'Blue Monday', the most depressing day of the year, maybe it's the biblical rain this morning. Maybe it was the gridlock between Hounslow and Heathrow and maybe it was the discovery that some Muslims have joined the Mayans and Christians in thinking that next year is the end, kaput.

    So, in a millenarian mood, I've put together a handy selection of books to guide us through these difficult end times...

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