Good Omens has been named as one of the 25 titles that will be given away on World Book Night in 2012.
The novel, which was co-written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and originally published in 1990, joins an exciting and diverse list that includes classics, contemporary favourites, international bestsellers and prize-winners.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Player of Games by Iain M Banks
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Take by Martina Cole
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Room by Emma Donoghue
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Misery by Stephen King
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Let the Right One In by John Ajvde Lindqvist
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
The Damned Utd by David Peace
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
Now in its second year, the event will take place on 23 April, marking both Unesco’s International Day Of The Book and Shakespeare’s birthday. Some 20,000 members of the public will be chosen to give away copies of their favourite title from the list, with one million books being distributed at venues including hostels, pubs and hospitals in a bid to boost reading.
Terry and Neil are delighted, thrilled, honoured and touched that Good Omens has been picked as a World Book Night choice:
“We love books, and think that a Night during which people give each other books is the best kind of Night there could be. We wish that there had been Nights like World Book Night when we were younger. Unfortunately, there weren’t, and we had to make our own entertainment, which is probably why we wrote Good Omens. But, hurrah! World Book Night! Give each other books. Especially ours. Every word lovingly inserted by craftsmen. We thank you.
P.S And while you’re about it try writing books yourself, it worked for us!”
For more information about World Book Night, how the titles were selected and how you can get involved, visit worldbooknight.org