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Thousands of copies of The Lost World and the Darwin graphic biography are available free of charge while stocks last at sites participating in the Lost World Read 2009.

Books can be collected in exchange for this downloadable coupon. Offer limited to one copy of the book per coupon, and one coupon per person.

Please complete the details as requested on the coupon. This information is needed for monitoring purposes. It will not be passed to third parties, and the data will be used in our evaluation reports anonymously.

Coupons are also being published in the local press, in some areas, including The Herald in Scotland. In addition, some partners are producing their own.

Sites where copies of the books will be available while stocks last include:


At various locations across the city but try first at your local library. See the main Edinburgh Libraries website to find your nearest branch.


All Glasgow community libraries; The Mitchell.

Portsmouth and Hampshire:

At all Hampshire County Council libraries from February 16th to mid March. Offer limited to new library members. The under 5s will receive a free copy of the picture book Dinosaur Roar.


At the start of the project, books will only be available from Shrewsbury Library. This may be extended later.


City of Westminster launches its project on 16 February. Books are initially being distributed to targeted schools and reading groups only. This offer may be extended later.

Bristol and the South West:

Bath & North East Somerset: To be confirmed.

Bournemouth: To be confirmed.

Bristol: All branches of Bristol Libraries; Blackwell, Park Street; St George's, Brandon Hill; Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road; Waterstones, Bristol Galleries; Bristol Zoo Gardens; Blaise Castle; City Museum and Art Gallery; ss Great Britain.

Cornwall: All 32 libraries and five mobiles will have copies of the books for borrowing. However, only ten of these will act as collection points for a limited number of free resources. These are Bodmin, Bude, Callington, Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance, Redruth, St Austell, Saltash and Truro. Full details of addresses and opening times of all libraries can be found at Cornwall Library Service.

Devon: All branches of Devon Libraries.

Dorset: Available from all branches of Dorset Libraries.

North Somerset: To be confirmed.

Plymouth: All branches of Plymouth Libraries.

Poole: All service points of Borough of Poole libraries.

Somerset: At the Frome, Bridgwater, Taunton, Yeovil, Wells and Minehead branches of Somerset Libraries.

South Gloucestershire: All South Gloucestershire Council libraries.

Swindon: Central Library; Highworth Library; Moredon; North Swindon; Park Library; Upper Stratton; West Swindon; Wroughton.

Torbay: All branches of Torbay Libraries including the mobile service from 12 February.

Wiltshire: All branches and mobiles of Wiltshire Libraries.

Our thanks to all the staff at these locations for their support of this initiative. Please note that some library services will be retaining copies of the books to use as loan stock so you may have a chance to borrow one if you are too late to get one for free.

Display of free books at Blackwell on Park Street, Bristol.

Display of free books at Blackwell on Park Street, Bristol.

Your area not listed?
The Lost World Read 2009 is only taking place in the locations listed on this page. Local authorities and other local and regional partners in these areas are funding it between them. If your area is not listed, you won't be able to get a copy of the free books but you can still access this website and use the downloads on it, including the free audio downloads and the simplified edition of the novel. Most library services will stock a full-text edition of The Lost World so you can read the book by borrowing it.

Listen Together
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The Lost World Read 2009 is pleased to be working in conjunction with BBC Audiobooks and Audioville to bring you a free complete and unabridged mp3 download of The Lost World over 7 hours long. Simply go to and follow the links for The Lost World.

There is also a free audio download of the simplified adaptation of The Lost World on the Downloads page.

As the Lost World Read project has now officially ended we have closed the online survey and are no longer updating the website. You can read a summary of the comments received in this survey report.

Reading Groups
Reading groups may find the section ‘Discussion Questions’ in the readers’ guide helpful. There is also a plot summary with chapter by chapter questions in ‘Other related downloads’ at the bottom of the Downloads page. Check with your local library which reading groups in your area are using The Lost World.

Library staff in Devon were among the first to unpack copies of the Lost World books.

Library staff in Devon were among the first to unpack copies of the Lost World books.

Anna and Danny unpack Darwin: a graphic biography at the headquarters of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

Anna and Danny unpack
Darwin: a graphic biography at the headquarters of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

Dinosaur footprints