The Quick Reads programme is a life-changing initiative working to tackle the UK's adult literacy crisis. Best-selling authors pen a series of short novels to help less confident readers get reading.
The latest line-up of best-selling authors have been announced for Quick Reads 2021. Including Oyinkan Braithwaite, Louise Candlish, Katie Fforde, Peter James, Caitlin Moran and Khurrum Rahman will write short stories that will be available for £1 at bookshops or free to borrow from libraries. Over 5 million of these invaluable books are used across the country in colleges, prisons, trade unions, hospitals and adult learning organisations.
One in six adults in the UK find reading difficult, that's approximately 9 million people and one in three people do not regularly read for pleasure. Quick Reads, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2021, has distributed over 4.8 million copies of more than 100 titles! The programme is vital in addressing this shocking statistic by inspiring emergent readers. Quick Reads is also a brilliant resource for those who have little time or have fallen out of the habit of reading. Each year's selection consists of entertaining and accessible bitesize books written by the very best contemporary authors.
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