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Free events to celebrate World Book Night


Gloucestershire Libraries are excited to be hosting three events next week to celebrate World Book Night.


World Book Night is an annual celebration of books and reading, organised by The Reading Agency, a national charity which recognises the proven power of reading.

Three events are being held in the county’s libraries featuring international best-selling author Amanda Prowse, who has published 27 novels and a non-fiction book called ‘The Boy Between’, and her son and co-author, Josiah Hartley.

They will be talking about ‘The Boy Between’ at the events, which will offer an opportunity to hear their story.

The non-fiction novel charts their journey through Josiah’s depression at university when he was aged 19 and planned his own suicide. It recounts Amanda’s struggle to find ways to help him, but carries the message that you are not alone and there is hope.

The book was released at the end of last year to widespread acclaim and has been praised for being a massive help to individuals and families in spotting the early indicators of depression and how to understand the condition.

The events are free to attend and will be taking place in the following libraries:

  • 27 April: Stroud Library, 4.30pm-6.30pm
  • 28 April: Quedgeley Library, 4.30pm-6.30pm
  • 29 April: Churchdown Library, 3pm-5pm

You need to book a place to attend, via the library catalogue here:

Free copies of the book, kindly donated by The Reading Agency, are currently available at each of the participating libraries and will also be available on the night.

Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for libraries, said: “I’m delighted that Amanda and Josiah will be appearing at our libraries to talk about their story which will help raise awareness of important mental health issues.

“These free events at our libraries are a great opportunity to celebrate World Book Night and I’m sure will prove to be very popular.”

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