The Reading Agency reveals the 2022 Quick Reads covers

The Quick Reads scheme, aimed at reluctant and emerging readers, was launched in 2006, produced more than 135 titles and has distributed more than 5 million copies, with more than 6 million loans recorded from libraries. 

1 in 6 adults in the UK struggle with reading and 1 in 3 adults do not regularly read for pleasure. England ranks 23rd out of 23 OECD nations for literacy level amongst 16-19 year olds. In addition, studies have shown that those who do read for pleasure have higher levels of self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations.

Quick Reads provide a route into reading that prioritises great story telling and adult-focused content while ensuring the books are written in an accessible and easy to read style. The books are written by some of the most popular authors in the UK so they can be a brilliant entry point to new genres and authors as well as the spark to reignite or build up the joy of reading.

The titles, all at £1 cover price, will be published on 14th April 2022 and today the covers have been released 

The Cutting Season by MW Craven 

Blind Spot by Paula Hawkins 

Sofia Khan: The Baby Blues by Ayisha Malik 

The Kiss by Santa Montefiore

The Black Mountain by Kate Mosse

The Swimmer by Graham Norton 

My Name Is Why (abridged) by Lemn Sissay

Witness by Alex Wheatle 

The Reading Agency reported that more than 35,000 books had been gifted this year thanks to a 'buy one gift one' campaign. Distribution has been through food banks, ESOL (English as a Second Language) classes, local refugee groups, Basic Skills learners, prisons, and homeless charities

You can find out more about these titles and previous Quick Reads titles in our Quick Reads section here

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