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World Book Night

Gloucestershire Libraries – A Powerful Read for World Book Night

World Book Night is an annual celebration of books, organised by The Reading Agency, a national charity which recognises the proven power of reading. Every year, community settings, groups and libraries are invited to take part, by requesting their chosen title from this year’s chosen list, thus enabling them to be gifted to their respective communities. These books consist of powerful reads across the board, ranging from factual books, fiction and memoirs – titles which will appeal to a variety of audiences, and encourage readers and non-readers alike to pick up a book.

This year, Gloucestershire Libraries’ chosen book is The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley, an extremely timely choice as it documents a young man’s descent into mental health problems and depression, and we know that so many young people are similarly affected. The pandemic has definitely magnified mental health issues and we are told that at least 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue in any given year. Statistics around young people’s mental health are terrifying, and beyond those statistics are individuals and families.



Gloucestershire Libraries extends a warm welcome to award winning author, Amanda Prowse, and her son, Josiah Hartley, who will be talking about their insightful book, The Boy Between. Events are taking place in the following libraries: 


  • 27 April, Stroud Library, 16:30 - 18:30 BOOK HERE


  • 28 April, Quedgeley Library, 16:30 - 18:30 BOOK HERE


  • 29 April, Churchdown Library, 15:00 - 17:00 BOOK HERE


There will be an opportunity to receive a free copy of the book, and hear their story – a story which will resonate with so many families. This is the book that both wish had been available during those dark times.

Josiah had started university and had everything to live for, and yet he was so depressed that he even planned his own suicide. The book alternates between a mother and son’s point of view. Josiah talks with honesty about his ongoing battle with depression, and Amanda speaks from the heart about her feelings of powerlessness as she watches her much loved son’s spiralling descent.

This raw and heart breaking book is for anyone who has depression;  has a loved one who is struggling with depression, or who would like to understand more about this  overwhelming state of mind.  It gives a human voice to the statistics – a family’s perspective and a crucial message: you are not alone.

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