Drum Castle celebrating World Book Night on Monday (April 23) by giving away 24 copies of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.
The giveaway takes place from 11.00am and 4.00pm. Each book is a gift and is one of a million being given as part of World Book Night to spread the joy and love of reading.
April 23 is the international day of the book, with World Book Day also celebrated. World Book Night sees 20000 passionate volunteers across the country give copies of one of 25 specially-chosen, brilliant books within their community.
Laura Paterson, Senior Assistant at Drum Castle, is one such volunteer.
She said:”I love reading and am honoured to be part of this national initiative to encourage reading. Drum Castle is proud of its literary traditions: The famous American author Washington Irving, of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow fame, was a descendent of the Irvines of Drum. The family were avid readers as there are over 4000 volumes in the Castle Library. People love to be surrounded by books and often choose the library to celebrate their wedding.
“I was inspired by our library’s spirit of romance in choosing Pride and Prejudice, which is one of my favourite novels. Drum Castle always reminds me of the book because, with the sweeping Georgian staircases and interiors, extensive gardens and pastoral landscapes, it is easy to imagine Mr Darcy riding up to the castle.”
The imposing Drum Castle has been inhabited from more almost 700 years. It is home to centuries of fascinating Aberdeenshire history, boasting a fine art collection and a wonderful library.