Quick Reads is set to become one of The Reading Agency’s programmes following a decision by the two charities to work together.
Cathy Rentzenbrink, project director of Quick Reads, told The Bookseller she is very excited about the partnership. “All the work we now do will have a greater impact. There will be much more value for our stakeholders because the same contribution will have a bigger impact.”
She said it made sense for the two charities to work together because they both work on adult literacy and “there is huge synergy” between the two, she added.
Sue Wilkinson, chief executive of The Reading Agency, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Quick Reads into The Reading Agency family. At The Reading Agency, we believe everything changes when we read and we look forward to working with Quick Reads to ensure that as many new readers as possible have the opportunity to discover the joy of reading.”
Quick Reads will continue to be run in the same way, with Rentzenbrink retaining her role as director and Gail Rebuck, who set up the charity, staying on as chair.
Quick Reads has also announced its six titles for 2016, sponsored by chocolate brand Galaxy. The list includes an abridged version of Malala’s autobiography - I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, 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 Cleaves, 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.
All of the 2016 Galaxy Quick Reads will be published in February.
Quick Reads was founded in 2006 and has over the past nine years sold or distributed more than 4.7 million copies and accounted for 3.9 million library loans.