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With one in six adults in the UK struggling with reading, and one in three not reading for pleasure at all, Quick Reads will continue its work to break down literary barriers with its new list of bite-sized, accessible fiction.
Each short book is written by a bestselling author, costs just £1, and can be found in bookshops, supermarkets and online, or can be borrowed from libraries across the country, meaning there really is something for everyone.
This year there will be an abridged version of Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography – I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, as well as a collection of short stories, The Anniversary: Ten Tempting Stories From Ten Bestselling Authors, edited by Veronica Henry, with stories from authors such as Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory and Matt Haig.
The other four titles are Too Good to be True by Ann Cleeves, A Baby at the Beach Café by Lucy Diamond, On the Rock by Andy McNab, and The Double Clue: Poirot Short Stories by Agatha Christie, edited by Sophie Hannah and John Curran.
Ninety seven percent of literacy practitioners report that using Quick Reads has been effective at raising learners’ confidence to read, whilst 95% say that the books have been effective at improving readers’ literacy skills .In 2016, the initiative – which has published over 140 titles, sold or distributed more than 4.7 million copies and enabled over 3.9 million library loans since it was founded in 2006 – will continue to work with literacy practitioners, prisons, librarians and retailers to bring the benefits and pleasure of reading to everyone. The reveal of the 2016 titles comes as Quick Reads also announces it is to join national charity The Reading Agency.