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‘Pride and Prejudice’ for World Book Night

23 April 2012

Staff at the Royal Derby Hospital are marking World Book Night (23 April) by sharing copies of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading held every 23 April, the international day of the book, which sees 20,000 passionate volunteers across the country give out copies of one of 25 specially chosen books within their communities.

Joanna West, clerical officer in Cytology, is taking part. She said: “There are a million books being given as part of World Book Night 2012 to spread the joy and love of reading.

“The reason I'm doing is it because I love books, and love reading! I volunteered hoping to be able to give books out within the hospital for people to read and enjoy, and I love that the point of World Book Night is to encourage reading and sharing of books.

“You can register your details and then when you pass the book to somebody else they do the same - you can then keep track of how far the book travels.”

Pride and Prejudice tells the story of when Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy. She thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

For more information visit www.worldbooknight.org


For further information, please contact:

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
01332 786947