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Quick Reads 2020

24 February 2020   (1 Comments)
Discover the books on the 2020 Quick Reads list

The Reading Agency's Quick Reads are ready to tackle life's big problems.

One in six adults in the UK find reading difficult.

Research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment.
The Reading Agency is a national charity that tackles life’s biggest challenges through the proven power of reading. Launched in 2006, The Reading Agency’s Quick Reads are extremely valuable tools for boosting reading skills, confidence and engagement in learning. They can act as an entry point to different authors’ work in diverse genres, and have led to thousands of adults reading, completing and enjoying a book, often for the first time. Quick Reads changes lives and plays a vital role in addressing the national adult literacy crisis in the UK through inspiring emerging or lapsed readers to get into the reading habit. 
One in three adults in the UK do not regularly read for pleasure.
This has a huge impact from increasing poor health, pressure on the economy from loss of earnings and increased welfare spending. Since 2006, 4.8 million Quick Reads have been distributed and 5 million library loans (PLR) have been registered. Quick Reads have established a reputation for publishing diverse works by top quality and popular authors, including Andy McNab, Jojo Moyes, Anne Cleeves, Ian Rankin and Benjamin Zephaniah. Through outreach work hundreds of thousands of new readers each year have been introduced to the joys and benefits of reading. 
“The beauty of Quick Reads is I could feel I was getting somewhere.” – Monica, Quick Reads reader

Quick Reads are:

  • Bitesize, easy-to-read, engaging books by bestselling authors.
  • Titles inspire emerging or lapsed readers to get into the reading habit.
  • Just £1 at bookshops, or free at libraries across the country
    Also available in colleges, prisons, trade unions, hospitals, adult learning organisations.
  • Quick Reads are also available in Welsh.
  • You can read reviews on Find A Read.

“Then along came Quick Reads which made the impossible possible once again. They gave me time for just me, even if it was only a few precious moments to read a handful of pages, and a sense of accomplishment at a time when I really needed it.” – Amanda, Quick Reads reader
The Reading Agency announced the titles on the 2020 list on 20 February 2020:

  • Candice Carty-Williams, Notting Hill Carnival: A West Side Story (Trapeze, Orion)
  • AA Dhand, Darkness Rising (Corgi, Transworld)
  • Milly Johnson, The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe (Simon & Schuster)
  • Adam Kay, This is Going to Hurt: a specially adapted version (Picador, Pan Macmillan)
  • Clare Mackintosh, The Donor (Sphere, Little, Brown)
  • Edited by Fanny Blake, A Fresh Start (Orion) - a short story collection with contributions from: Jojo Moyes, Ian Rankin, Sophie Kinsella, Louise Candlish, Mahsuda Snaith, Keith Stuart, Adele Parks, Fanny Blake, Mike Gayle & Mari Hannah

How you can get involved:

  • Spread the word! Quick Reads are perfect for recommending to new or less confident readers.
  • Could you use Quick Reads as part of your outreach work, ensuring they’re available in community spaces in your local area and directing the community to your library to pick up a Quick Read?
  • Combine Quick Reads with Reading Ahead.
    We have a promotion toolkit with further ideas.
  • For more information on the titles, tips on how to use Quick Reads and downloadable promotional materials visit our resources page.
  • Visit our case studies page for inspiration and evidence of impact.
"I widely promote the Quick Reads especially to our ESOL and Basic Skills participants, they’re a great tool for returning to reading too!" - Liz, librarian at Southend public libraries

Header image Wigan & Leigh College ESOL students and image above Brent Library Awards 2019.

Published: 24 February 2020

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Lucy Drysdale says...
Posted 02 March 2020
An excellent article on promoting literacy-will now have a look at the links to see if I can do anything in my library.

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