Satirical thriller offered for free as an ebook and digital audiobook 10-24 October, online book discussions also planned


LONDON – 10 October 2023 – Readers in the UK can join tens of thousands of others nationwide by participating in the annual Together We Read UK digital book club. From 10-24 October, public library users can enjoy Rebecca F. Kuang’s Yellowface for free from their library as an ebook and audiobook on the free Libby library reading app. An online discussion is also available for book fans from across the country.

The Together We Read UK digital book club connects readers through UK public libraries with a featured title for two weeks each year: all that’s needed is Libby and a valid public library card to get started. During the two weeks the programme is running, readers can also participate in engaging online discussions about the title. Together We Read UK is completely free and is facilitated by OverDrive, creator of the award-winning Libby app and the leading digital reading platform in the UK for ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.

Yellowface is Rebecca F. Kuang’s newest novel and a #1 Sunday Times as well as New York Times bestseller. Yellowface is a zippy, ridiculous thriller meant to imitate the roiling schadenfreude of watching a Twitter meltdown,” said author Rebecca F. Kuang. “I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.”

In Yellowface, authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars. But Athena’s a literary darling. June Hayward is literally nobody. So when June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers during World War I. But June can’t get away from Athena’s shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June’s (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

Yellowface is published by HarperCollins Publishers and can be borrowed digitally for free from participating libraries in the UK during Together We Read between 10-24 October. The ebook and audiobook can be read on the Libby app on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Kobo® tablets and eReaders, and Chromebook™ and there are no waiting lists or holds. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no fines for late return.

Download Libby or visit a local library branch to get started.

Find more information about Together We Read UK.


About OverDrive

OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive has a dedicated team in the United Kingdom. The company serves more than 91,000 libraries and schools in 113 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalogue of ebooks, audiobooks, video and other content. OverDrive’s commitment to empower every library and school includes expanding access for all, tireless industry advocacy and consistent innovation. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and, which offers one of the largest catalogues of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA.


David Burleigh
Director of Brand & Communications