Thirty authors lined up for World Book Night

Book lovers will get an insight into the minds of nearly 30 of Surrey authors during World Book Night 2012.

A little Hollywood glitz and glamour will descend upon Guildford library on Monday 23 April, when military expert Andy Robertshaw, who was a consultant on Steven Spielberg’s movie War Horse, talks about the inspiration behind his work.

Alan Hammond, father of Top Gear's Richard, will be among the authors at Guildford library

He will be joined on the night by a host of fellow authors including thriller writer Meg Gardiner, whom horror legend Stephen King described as one of the finest crime-suspense writers of the last 20 years.

Alan Hammond, father of Top Gear’s Richard Hammond, will share his experiences of writing his first book All’s Fair in Love and Law, about his time in the legal profession.

And author and BBC producer Daniel Grant will talk about tackling his highly-praised book Sex Lessons.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “Who better to spread the joy of reading than the authors themselves. It will be a privilege and a pleasure to quiz them about what makes their minds tick during the writing process.

“World Book Night will be celebrated by tens of thousands of people throughout the USA and Europe and I’m sure the event at Guildford library will be one of the best. You never know, it might inspire Surrey’s next best-selling writer.”

Surrey’s World Book Night celebration will take place from 7.30pm to midnight. There will be informal chats with the authors individually and in small groups.

They will also bring along a series of props including Vietnamese food, military hardware and prison memorabilia.

The first 100 people to collect 10 authors’ signatures in their brochure on the night will get a free book.

For more information, call 01483 543599 or visit and search for ‘World Book Night 2012’.


To request an interview with any of the authors and for more information on World Book Night, media can contact Jacob Leverett on 0208 541 9419 or email

Notes to editors

The full list of authors appearing are:

Meg Gardiner
Pamela Evans
Felix Riley
Kaye C Hill
Andy Robertshaw
Alan Hammond
Anne Berry
Louise Soraya Black
Shaun Attwood
Julia Williams
Helen Pike
Adrienne Dines
Daniel Grant
Geoff Saunders
Sarah de Carvalho
Fergus Cannan
Jennifer Margrave
Robin Bonnick
Susan Parry
Harriet Steel
Ian Walker
Jacquelynn Luben
John Schroeder
Peter Morley
Anona Coates
Irene Black
Kris Slokum
Zara Howard
Almas Khan

Guildford library is located at 77 North Street, Guildford, GU1 4AL.


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