Melvyn Bragg, Antonia Fraser, Kamila Shamsie, Rory Stewart, Tom Wells and Timberlake Wertenbaker, contributors to The Pleasure of Reading, discuss their reading experiences and the books that have inspired them.

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A chat with Janet Ellis

By |July 30th, 2015|

Give a Book was delighted to have a chat to Janet Ellis the former Blue Peter presenter and now novelist. Janet volunteers for the excellent Doorstep Library a children’s literacy support charity, whom we are pleased […]

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

By |July 26th, 2015|

Arnold Bennett, the novelist and writer, who died in 1931, has much to say about time, music, concentration, reading and more besides in How to Live on 24 Hours a Day. Some currants:

“You wake up […]

Night of the Tall Poppies

By |July 14th, 2015|

HMP Grendon’s annual Six Book Challenge event celebrated reading and the benefits it brings. It paid tribute to the well over 100 prisoners who had completed The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge, as well […]

Heathmere Primary: leading to reading 2

By |July 12th, 2015|

So exciting to see the ‘Leading to Reading’ project take shape at Heathmere Primary School. Give a Book was delighted to watch brilliant artist Monique Jivram from the House of Illustration in the final […]

Reading Ahead with The Reading Agency

By |July 12th, 2015|

Reading Ahead  is the new name for the Six Book Challenge which, since 2008, has inspired less confident readers to develop an enjoyment of reading at the same time as improving their literacy skills. […]

Heathmere Primary: leading to reading project

By |June 30th, 2015|

Last week saw the start of the artist workshop sessions at Heathmere Primary with the wonderful Monique Jivram from The House of Illustration. A year 3 class was introduced to Monique and were really enthusiastic about […]

Book Rooms in Wormwood Scrubs open

By |June 29th, 2015|

On June 5th Rachel Billington declared open The Book Rooms in HMP Wormwood Scrubs. Those present included Governor Gary Monaghan, MP Andy Slaughter,  representatives from Prison Reading Groups, Quick Reads, English PEN and also […]


By |June 25th, 2015|

Who turned the page? When I went out
Last night, his Life was left wide-open,
Half-way through, in lamplight on my desk:
The Middle years.
Now look at him. Who turned the page?

Ian Hamilton

The Readers’ Cup

By |June 8th, 2015|

Thomas’s Schools Foundation hosted their Readers’ Cup the other day and Give a Book was pleased to be there. This is a University Challenge style event with teams from primary schools competing over their knowledge […]

A network of little libraries.

By |June 1st, 2015|

Give a Book is delighted to be working with Little Free Library Network UK (LFL)  on a project at Heathmere Primary School in Roehampton, London.  Heathmere is located in the middle of the Alton Estate and […]

Libraries: the most resilient network of all.

By |May 25th, 2015|

Roly Keating, the Director of the British Library, speaking at the Hay Literary Festival, said that the digital age has helped boost visitors to the British Library by ten per cent.  The world of computers, […]

A new Magic Breakfast Book Club

By |May 9th, 2015|

Give a Book was delighted to be present at the opening of a new Magic Breakfast Book Club in Globe Primary School, Tower Hamlets.  The books had all been displayed beautifully. This is a […]