World Book Night 2021

Tonight, our team will be celebrating World Book Night by settling down with some quality stories for some well-deserved reading time – will you be joining in?

World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading on 23 April that brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. World Book Day is focused on Children’s literature and enjoyment, but reading brings so much enjoyment and wonder to us adults, too, and we can celebrate it tonight!

At My Story Told, we love reading stories about great people who have lived before us, and are inspired by all of the humbling and eye-opening experiences they put onto the page for us to read years in the future. Every story has different emotions, thoughts and characters that are imprinted onto paper forever to share with the world. We’ve selected five of our personal favourite stories which have inspired a generation, and may inspire you on your own storytelling journey too.

It’s not just celebrities that can put their stories onto paper in a book, and at My Story Told we want as many people as possible to be able to encase their life story into a beautifully crafted memoir for them and their family to read time and time again. If you have a story you want to share, please get in touch with us today to arrange a call with one of our writing team.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank


Arguably the best-known autobiography in the world, The Diary of a Young Girl was written by a young jewish girl, Anne Frank, and is a diary account of her and experiences hiding with friends and family from the Nazis during World War Two. Through her eyes we are given a touching inside look into her personal fears, emotions and love life, along with her account of one of the biggest tragedies this world has seen.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Famous poet Maya Angelou published seven autobiographies during her career, but her first – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – is still her most acclaimed and popular of her works and is known as one of the greatest life accounts of all time. Angelou’s book explores her first 17 years of life, and is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela lived a life full of misjustice, hardships and imprisonment for 27 years for dedicating his life to the civil rights and equality of his people, and ultimately helped topple South Africa’s racist system of apartheid. After fighting for the equal rights of black people his whole life, Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994 and is known as the father of Modern South Africa. This book covers a large portion of his life in political activism and is one of the most inspiring stories of justice and overcoming adversity ever written.

Chronicles by Bob Dylan

This is a great read for any music fans out there and covers the early life and career of Bob Dylan, widely known as one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century. Recounting his early years as an emerging talent in New York, his creative process and his unique view of the popular culture of the time, Chronicles is written with a songwriter’s sense of rhythm and a poet’s eye for language. In his own words, Dylan takes us back to the 60s and where it all started.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King


Best-selling horror author Stephen King boasts one of the most impressive literary careers in history, with his terrifying tales found in shelves of every book shop we’ve ever visited. In this memoir, King gives us a personal account of his life, career and inspirations behind some of his most successful pieces of work, while also providing readers with a practical step-by-step guide of the writing process and some tips and tricks for any budding writers out there. Like his many other books, this memoir is expertly crafted and relatable from back to front.


We’ve given you some of our favourites, but let us know your favourite too. And don’t forget to contact us with your own stories and find out more about our My Story Told process.