If you didn’t already know, I’m a bookseller (well, I’m an assistant manager now, but I’ll always be a bookseller at heart). Books are at the heart of both my working and family life; I could read before I started school, and I hope my son will be able to also.
However, some people are not so lucky. For whatever reason – education, upbringing, perhaps – reading ended up seeming a chore rather than a pleasure.
That’s where Quick Reads come in. The short books which the organisation publish are ideal for the 12 million adults in the UK who struggle with reading, or indeed for the 4 million UK adults who never read for pleasure.
So, what are you waiting for? Why not pop down to your local Waterstones and pick up of the new titles tomorrow?
Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift
The world’s fuel is running out. Would you believe the man who claimed to have the solution? The Silurian Gift would make a great introduction to the Doctor Who novelisations for a younger reader, or an adult who enjoys reading but struggles to find the time to do so.
Wrong Time, Wrong Place
What would you do if you found a half-naked, injured woman in the Scottish highlands? Simon Kernick is one of the UK’s top crime writers, and Wrong Time, Wrong Place is a brilliant thriller, full of moral dilemmas. I think that crime is one of the best genres to either create or reinvigorate a love of reading.
Love is Blind
‘I’m so glad you’re slipping between my covers’: what better example of the lovely Kathy Lette’s wit, and incentive to read Love is Blind? Jane and Anthea are chalk-and-cheese siblings. When Jane decides to emigrate to Australia to find love, Anthea thinks she’s lost the plot. But is Anthea as straight-laced and sorted as she appears?
A Sea Change
Veronica Henry used to write for Holby City and Heartbeat, and as that writing history suggests, reading her work is like wrapping yourself in a Slanket (and I promise I mean in a positive sense!). A Sea Change is about love and surfing, and features a character known as The Ice Cream Girl. Why aren’t you reading it yet?
A Dreadful Murder
This tale is particularly close to my heart, as it’s based on the true story of a murder in my home county of Kent. When Caroline Luard is shot dead, many suspect her husband is the culprit. But are things that simple? A Dreadful Murder is perfect for fans of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or Death Comes to Pemberley.
Today Everything Changes
I must confess that I had no idea that Andy McNab’s early life was so bleak. More positively, what better champion for literacy and reading for pleasure than a bestselling writer who once struggled with reading himself? Today Everything Changes is a truly inspirational read.