When I was writing my first two (unpublished) novels, one of the dreams I had was to be a World Book Night pick one day. I used to gaze at the list admiringly every year when it came out, and hope frantically that one day a Katie Marsh book might make the list.
Then, in December, I heard that my debut novel, ‘My Everything’ is on the list for 2018, and I can’t wait until April 23rd when 2000 copies of Hannah and Tom’s story will be handed out in prisons, hospitals, colleges, care homes, youth centres and to mental health groups and other charities. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency and is aimed at getting books into the hands of new readers, and on the night itself there’ll also be a series of events across the country to celebrate the wonder of reading.
This year’s list has a mental health focus, as The Reading Agency’s research shows that reading can increase empathy, improve relationships with others and reduce the symptoms of depression. I am hugely proud and excited that ‘My Everything’ has been chosen to be a part of this wonderful initiative – it really is a dream come true.