Happy International Book Giving Day! Er… and Valentine’s Day! But really… it’s all about the books!
Speaking of books, I want to tell you about a little gem of a charity I’ve discovered that’s aimed at getting people into reading, no matter how little time they have to do it or how intimidating picking up a book may be! Quick Reads is a UK based charity aimed at getting books in the hands of just about everyone, no matter what type of literacy level they’re at or what their situation is. Quick Reads books can be found in further education colleges, libraries, prisons, military bases and so on.
The brilliance of Quick Reads doesn’t stop purely with literacy advocacy—their main function is the commission of popular authors to write short books that are designed to be “quick reads”. They’re easier and shorter for adults who maybe aren’t as skilled in reading as they would like or for those who just don’t have the time to take out a book and read.
Quick Reads has been around since 2006 and has distributed a whopping 4.5 million books, registered 3 million library loans and has introduced hundreds of thousands of adults to the magic of reading.
This year’s Quick Reads publications are:
When Jane decides to move to the Australian outback in search of a husband, her sister Anthea thinks she’s mad. But the sisters have never seen eye-to-eye. Anthea is slim, beautiful and has a perfect life and fiancé. Jane has always felt like the ugly duckling in comparison.
But when Anthea tries to save Jane from this latest crazy plan, she ends up taking a walk on the wild side herself…
A sexy, funny and heartwarming adventure – curl up and enjoy this fabulous Quick Read from Kathy Lette.
A Sea Change by Veronica Henry
Jenna is known as The Ice Cream Girl.
She doesn’t mind the name one bit. After all, there are far worse jobs than selling ice creams by the sea. Then one hot summer’s day, everything changes and Jenna faces the most difficult decision of her life.
Craig spends as much time as he can at the beach hut in Everdene he rents with a few of his mates. It’s the perfect break from his stressful job, and he loves to surf. But one weekend he notices a girl on the beach – for all the wrong reasons.
For Jenna and Craig, it’s a chance meeting which could change their lives forever . . .
A Dreadful Murder by Minette Walters
Based on a true story…
Caroline Luard is shot dead in broad daylight in the grounds of a large country estate. With few clues available, her husband soon becomes the suspect . . . But is he guilty?
Bringing to life the people involved in this terrible crime, bestselling author Minette Walters uses modern detective skills to attempt to solve a 100-year-old crime.
Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab
Abandoned as a baby, Andy McNab’s start in life was tough. He grew up in South London with foster parents, and poverty on all sides. Andy attended seven schools in as many years, disillusioned and in remedial classes. Before long before his life was one of petty crime. By the age of sixteen, he was in juvenile detention.
Recruited into the Army from there, it soon became clear that he had the reading age of an eleven year old. The next six months in the Army education system changed the course of his life forever. Today Everything Changes is the inspiring story of when life changed for the better for now bestselling author Andy McNab.
Today Everything Changes is the inspiring story of when life changed for the better for now bestselling author Andy McNab.
Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick
You are hiking in the Scottish highlands with three friends when you come across a girl.
She is half-naked, has been badly beaten, and she can’t speak English.
She is clearly running away from someone.
Do you stop to help her? Even if it means putting your friends’ lives – and your own – in terrible danger?
Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift by Mike Tucker
‘My new Fire-Ice will solve all the problems of the planet!’
The world is on the brink of crisis. As fuel runs short, society begins to break down. One man seems to have the answer. But is it too good to be true? The Doctor arrives at an old oil refinery near the South Pole, concerned by claims about this new form of energy. He soon discovers something huge and terrifying is stalking the refinery. It brings death and destruction in its wake. The battle has begun for planet Earth.
Keep your eyes out for those bad boys… I know I will!