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Where to celebrate World Book Night in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 12:04 16 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:04 16 April 2014

Nicholas Owen

Nicholas Owen


Surrey resident and BBC news- reader Nicholas Owen will be joined by best-selling authors Peter James and Salley Vickers for a special World Book Night event at Woking Library on Wednesday April 23.

Peter JamesPeter James

Presented by Surrey County Council Library Service, this will be an opportunity to hear all three writers talking about their work, take part in ‘pop-up’ groups and get your books signed.

TV personality Nicholas Owen, who lives in Reigate, has spent more than 50 years working in the media, starting as a junior reporter on the Surrey Mirror. He can now be seen regularly on BBC television presenting the news and also hosts a weekend programme on Classic FM. In his autobiography, Days Like This, he shares a series of charming, humorous anecdotes of his life and career, and on the night he will be sharing a few of his favourite stories.

Best-selling crime writer Peter James has sold over 14 million copies of his novels worldwide and is probably most famous for his hugely successful series featuring Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. As well as talking about his writing in general, Peter will be hosting a pop-up book group about his popular fictional detective.

Last but by no means least, Salley Vickers is the author of eight novels, after her first book, Miss Garnet’s Angel, became a word-of-mouth best-seller and was a huge hit with reading groups. All of her books, she says, “arise out of a dovetailing of events”. The idea for her latest, The Cleaner of Chartres, came after a chance return to the famous cathedral city in northern France. Salley will be holding her own pop-up book group event too.

Salley VickersSalley Vickers

A celebration of reading and books, World Book Night is held each year on April 23, which is a symbolic date for world literature, being both Shakespeare’s birthday as well as the day both he and the Spanish novelist, Cervantes, died. UNESCO appointed the date ‘International Day of the Book’ in their joint honour.

The event at Woking Library starts at 7pm and continues until 10.30pm, with admission free of charge.

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