Pass the book

By on 12/12/2011 in News

Members of the public are being asked to become book reviewers in a ground breaking new initiative 'Big City Read'.    People will be given a copy of book is Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson. To read, review and pass on. 

The 'Big City Read' initiative is a partnership between Birmingham City Council and the Reading Agency and celebrates libraries, books and reading.   Members of the public will be issued with a free copy of the book and they can pass it on to friends, family or simply leave on park bench or bus for passers by to also take part.

Before I Go To Sleep is a stunning first novel and a compelling read.  The book has just won the Galaxy National Book Awards Crime & Thriller of the Year and has attracted world wide acclaim.  The book tells the story of Christine who, following an accident, is incapable of forming and maintaining new memories for more than a day. The novel charts her attempts to make sense of her world and she is hopeful that she may be cured but the story that emerges sets in motion a terrifying voyage of discovery that has startling consequences for her and all who love her.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said ;

“This is such a great idea and I am really excited by the idea that people can access free reading and pass it on to others to also read either personally or leave in a public place.     Reading skills are important and our library service is one of the best in the UK and we need to make it an engaging and entertaining activity.  

I am really pleased to that Transworld Publishers who are supporting this initiative with the donation of books and the way they have changed how and libraries and publishers work together for the benefit of our the public. “

One thousand copies of the book will be distributed free via Birmingham City Council's public libraries, the  mobile library and the housebound service  throughout December and January.

Birmingham City Council's Libraries have a limited number of free copies available of Before I Go To Sleep (whilst stocks last).  Readers can share their views of the book by emailing a review to: All reviews will be entered into a free prize draw and one lucky reader will win a great prize that includes meeting S. J. Watson, a signed copy of Before I Go To Sleep and more! You can also post reviews and follow discussions about Before I Go To Sleep on the Reading Groups for All website:

You can also follow and join in the Big City Read discussions on twitter @BirminghamReads, #BirmBigCityRead and on our Facebook page Birmingham Big City Read. More details about the 'Big City Read' can be found at:


For more information please contact Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503

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