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Dare you enter the Midnight Library? Swansea libraries are giving away 1000 copies of the best selling Matt Haig book

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Swansea Council libraries with a little bit of help from their partners will be giving away free books on Friday to help celebrate World Book Night.

Swansea Council’s library service is handing out 1,000 copies of the best-selling Matt Haig book The Midnight Library to local groups and organisations in a bid to inspire a surge in reading across the city.

Working together with the council’s local area co-ordinators, Housing Options, Coastal Housing, Swansea prison and third sector organisations, library staff will be trying to reach adults who may not usually read for pleasure or don’t have access to their own books.

Tracey McNulty, head of cultural services at Swansea Council, said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of just 10 library services across the UK to receive a consignment of The Midnight Library to share in our communities.

“It’s an uplifting read and has topped the best-seller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. Having the opportunity to give away 1,000 copies of the book to people who might not otherwise have picked it up is the perfect way for World Book Night 2021 to secure its legacy.”

The Midnight Library is a wonderful story in which the hero, Nora Seed, has the chance to undo the regrets of a lifetime. But it’s a risky business which puts both her and the mysterious Midnight Library in danger.

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The Midnight Library is the latest work by international best-selling author and mental health advocate Matt Haig, whose previous work includes How to Stop Time and The Humans.

World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading that brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Presented by The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers, in 2021.

World Book Night is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special ‘Books to Make You Smile’ theme. The theme is a response to the impact of Covid-19 on mental health, highlighting the proven power of reading and the benefits it brings to wellbeing.

The books giveaway has been sponsored by Canongate Books and The Reading Agency.


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