One in six adults in the UK – approximately 9 million people – find reading difficult, and one in three people do not regularly read for pleasure.
As you may know, Quick Reads plays a vital role in addressing these shocking statistics by inspiring emergent readers, as well as those with little time or who have fallen out of the reading habit, with entertaining and accessible writing from the very best contemporary authors.
This year Quick Reads is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, which means that over five million copies of Quick Reads titles have been distributed since the life-changing programme began in 2006. To celebrate, for every book bought until 31 July, another copy will be gifted to help someone discover the love of reading.
To find out more go to the Reading Agency
There are some incredible titles in this year’s selection
OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE: The Baby is Mine (Atlantic)
LOUISE CANDLISH: The Skylight (Simon & Schuster)
KATIE FFORDE: Saving the Day (Arrow)
PETER JAMES: Wish You Were Dead (Macmillan)
CAITLIN MORAN: How to Be a Woman, abridged (Ebury)
KHURRUM RAHMAN: The Motive (HQ)
Simone has a secret. She likes to stand at her bathroom window and spy on the couple downstairs through their kitchen skylight. She knows what they eat for breakfast and who they’ve got over for dinner. She knows what mood they’re in before they even step out the door. There’s nothing wrong with looking, is there?
Until one day Simone sees something through the skylight she is not expecting. Something that upsets her so much she begins to plot a terrible crime…
From the author of Our House, the British Book Awards Crime & Thriller of the Year.
📖 My thoughts..
When Simone looks out of her upstairs bathroom window she can see directly into her neighbours kitchen. She enjoys spying on them, that is until she sees something which shocks her into planning the perfect crime...
This is Louise Candlish writing at her best - it's smart, sophisticated , utterly compelling, and just so beautifully formed that I finished the story with a satisfied grin on my face.
As I was reading The Skylight I realised just how lucky I am to be able to enjoy this great story and that's what Quick Reads is all about - it's an opportunity for emerging readers, or readers who have never picked up a book for pleasure, or who have perhaps lost their reading mojo, to enjoy a really, great story.
There are 6 great Quick Reads titles this year, all are available from a good bookstore, priced at £1:00
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