Big City Read 2018



20 September to 16 November


Book events here


Our Big City Read is about sharing the joy of reading and we have an abundance of events and activities on offer which will help us and you to do just that!

We are giving away 5000 free copies of Matt Haig’s The Radleys, our book for this year, for people in York to read, enjoy and share. You can collect your copy of the book from any library in York or from one of our reading cafes. We will also be popping up at one off giveaway events at Tesco in Askham Bar and Clifton Moor, the railway station, City Screen, West Offices, York Theatre Royal, Sainsbury’s in Monk’s Cross and The Job Centre Plus; dates and times are in our programme.

The Radleys is a moving and thrilling domestic novel that explores the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the bonds of family love.
Peter and Helen Radley live a typical suburban life in Bishopthorpe with their teenage children, Rowan and Clara. One night Clara has a shocking experience which will change all of their lives for ever and force Peter and Helen to reveal that they are all, in fact, vampires.

You can download the programme here, and find details of Big City Read events, including our fabulous play Surprise Ending, and book them here. If you need some help with booking, you can ask at any library in York.

We advise booking in advance for all of our events, including the free ones, to make sure of a place.

If you complete one of our contact cards when you collect your book we will email you to ask you what you think about the Big City Read. If you can’t wait to tell us what you think you can tell us here
Hard copies of the programme are available to pick from all York Libraries and other outlets in York.