• Pick up a free book from us on World Book Night

Pssst! Want a free book? Don’t be shy! For three days in April We ♥ Libraries will be able to oblige.

We Heart Libraries' lapel stickers and ribbon

Look out for the pink stickers on World Book Night!

Monday April 23 is World Book Night – an event that aims to celebrate books and reading, and which sees thousands of volunteers sharing their love of reading by handing out free books in their neighbourhoods.

This year there are 25 titles on offer, all donated by publishers to help spread the love of reading – and the We ♥ Libraries team has been chosen as givers, as part of our mission to champion and celebrate library services in North Herts and Stevenage. We will be handing out 24 brand-new copies of Daphne du Maurier’s classic psychological thriller Rebecca around Hitchin town centre between Saturday April 21 and Monday April 23.

We’ll be out and about between 12pm and 3pm each day – or until that day’s quota of eight books is taken off our hands. Just some of the places where you might come across us include the marketplace, in the High Street, on Windmill Hill, or around St Mary’s Church.

We’ll be identifiable by the pink heart stickers we’ll be wearing, complete with the W♥L logo – so just ask us for a copy of Rebecca, with one available to each adult reader. Readers will be able to record their books on the World Book Night website so the organisers and other participants can share the day’s successes.

Rebecca tells the tale of a dysfunctional marriage after its nameless heroine is swept off her feet on the French Riviera by a wealthy, grieving widower and owner of an idyllic English country estate. The couple marry in haste and return to what should be leisurely wedded bliss in the country – but the house and its owner share a dark secret which poisons their lives together from the moment they set foot there.

The novel was published in 1938 and made into a highly-acclaimed, Oscar-winning film by Alfred Hitchcock with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in the leading roles. But people who have seen the film still have surprises in store from the novel – the plot was significantly altered to make it acceptable to the Hollywood censorship code of the day.

Of course, if you don’t get one of the 24 copies, we’d strongly encourage you to pop along to your nearest library branch where you’ll be able to take home all the free books your heart could desire. Another brilliant reason to join the library would be to read more works by Daphne du Maurier or to find out more about her extraordinary life.

So, come and find us, and help celebrate World Book Night. We’ll look forward to meeting you!

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