Fancy spending a night in a bookstore? After an American tourist was accidentally locked in a London bookstore for a couple of hours last week, visitors to Waterstones now have the chance to have a sleepover in the store. The flagship Piccadilly store will host the sleepover this Friday night, reports the Guardian. “Waterstones are offering a sleepover to ten guests and their partners this Friday (24 October) in their flagship London Piccadilly store – perhaps in response to all the bookworms tweeting ‘OMG I would kill to be locked up in a bookstore’.” The competition – “Only serious book lovers need apply” – is now closed, but if you would like to follow the events, there is an obligatory hashtag on Twitter: #WaterstonesSleepover.
What books would you read during a sleepover in a bookshop? The Piccadilly branch of Waterstones is “Europe’s largest bookshop, with over 8.5 miles of books,” so there are lots of choices. The Guardian, though, is recommending some short novels, such as The Great Gatsby (180 pages), The Old Man and the Sea (112 pages), and The Embassy of Cambodia (a mere 80 pages).