Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across all 33 London boroughs in libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues.

Cityread London is a terrific scheme to promote reading across the capital, by focusing on a single book that features our great city. From Charles Dickens to Peter Ackroyd and Virginia Woolf to Zadie Smith, London continues to be a source of inspiration for some of our finest writers and I hope Londoners, whether avid readers or not, will be inspired to take part in this exciting citywide initiative.” – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London  

“The vision of Cityread is compelling and exciting: The world’s greatest city united in a shared month of reading a great book. The campaign promotes reading in a radically democratic way: the internet, the Underground, local cinemas all, for a precious moment, join forces with libraries and bookshops to promote the reading of London’s book. This presents an extraordinary opportunity, like no other, to grow new audiences for literature in the capital and reinforce the diversity of London with a common story.” Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust

Cityread London is a London libraries festival, created, designed and delivered by Stellar Libraries CIC.

Cityread London is supported and funded by Audible, an Amazon Company, and OverDrive.

Previous Cityread Campaigns

Cityread London was first celebrated in 2012 to coincide with Dickens’s 200th birthday. London has one of the richest, most fascinating and entertaining literary traditions in the world. From the opening of The Canterbury Tales to the dénouement of The Da Vinci Code, our city has inspired countless incredible stories and nurtured endless amazing writers.

Each year we choose a different book to focus our celebration on and, whether delving into the past, exploring contemporary life or imagining an alternative reality, they are all brilliant reads.

Previous books have included:

Ten Days by Gillian Slovo

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young

A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens


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