Tonight is World Book Night. One million books are being given away by 20,000 people in the UK. I’m lucky enough to be one of them.

The World Book Night Editions of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

The book I’m giving away is John le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. I first read it when I was around 15 or so. Since then, I’ve read pretty much everything le Carre has written, but The Spy Who Came in From the Cold remains one of my favourite books of all time.

This is how it works… On Thursday I picked up 48 copies from my nearest independent bookshop (WordPlay in Caversham – if you are local then do support them they are fab). I’ve already given a few away to people I saw at TVSMC this week and to other friends. The rest of the books will go to whoever wants them…

If you want a copy (and you are local to Reading) then I would be delighted to let you have one. Let me know via twitter (@JimAnning) or by mail (jim dot anning at mac dot com) and I’ll find a way of getting your copy to you. The only catch is that after you have read it, then I’d like you to give it away yourself to whoever you think would like it.

Its a fantastic book… it may start slowly, but once you get inside it you’ll be hooked. The moment in the book when it becomes clear to the main character that the mission he has been sent on is not quite what he thought it was is classic.

I’ll be taking all of my remaining copies to Reading Geek Night on Tuesday 8th March, so if you are planning on being there, expect to have a copy thrust in your direction.

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