To show our gratitude to all NHS staff working tirelessly at this time, we have set up a new website to offer NHS workers across the country free e-books to thank them for their dedication during the pandemic. The website, which is powered by ebooks.com, is live now and will initially be available until the end of May.
The idea was inspired by author Mari Hannah and her editor, Francesca Pathak, at Orion. There are books available from across Hachette UK’s divisions, including Orion, Little, Brown, Headline, Quercus, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray Press, Hachette Children’s Group and Octopus Publishing Group.
David Shelley, CEO of Hachette UK, commented:
“We owe a massive debt of gratitude to everyone in the NHS who is working on the frontline to keep us safe and this is our way of saying thank you. Reading can provide one of the best distractions when you need a moment of respite and we appreciate books can be difficult to access during the lockdown, so we wanted to play our part in making them more easily available to those who need them most. It’s the first of a few emergency response initiatives we’re launching to do our bit to help key workers and the wider community over the next few weeks.”
Mari Hannah commented:
“When a frontline NHS worker wrote telling me that my books were keeping her spirits up during the COVID-19 crisis, I was moved to tears. When the correspondence with this nurse and her team became a daily thing, I felt compelled to share it with my Orion editor, Francesca Pathak. I’m thrilled that Hachette UK are taking the initiative to recognise the bravery and commitment of all NHS staff. I’m so proud to have played a small part in showing gratitude for their selfless dedication.”
There are e-books available from a wide range of Hachette UK authors, including Alex Michaelides, Cathy Bramley, Sarah Millican, Ian Rankin, Andrzej Sapkowski, Harriet Tyce, Martina Cole, Jill Mansell, Sheila O’Flanagan, Emily Gunnis, Victoria Hislop, Karen Rose, Beth O’Leary, Elly Griffiths, David Lagercrantz, Linda Green, Carole Matthews, Celeste Ng, Alexander McCall Smith, Sandi Toksvig, Mike Gayle, Sophie Hannah, Sara Cox, David Nicholls, Anne Griffin, Sally Magnusson, Ruth Hogan, Sarah Heywood, Mick Herron, Kirsty Wark, Claire Nelson, Frankie Bridge, Catherine Gray and Kerry Daynes, as well as children’s books from Cressida Cowell, Robert Muchamore, Annabel Pitcher, Francesca Simon, Dermot O’Leary and Enid Blyton. A full list of the books is included in the Notes to Editors.
To claim their e-book, NHS workers simply need to enter their NHS email address, choose a book from the selection available, then validate using the link sent to their @nhs.net or @nhs.uk email address and create an account. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.