Publishers of the new Quick Reads series will donate a copy of every book sold as part of a Reading Agency campaign.
The “Buy One, Gift One” initiative will run from publication day on 27th May to 31st July and will see the extra copies distributed by the Reading Agency to those who struggle to read or have limited access to books.
In addition, the Reading Agency will continue to work with the adult learning sector including public libraries, prisons, trade unions and colleges to ensure the books are available where they are needed most.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the programme, now made possible by a donation from Jojo Moyes. The new £1 titles are Oyinkan Braithwaite's The Baby is Mine (Atlantic), Louise Candlish's The Skylight (Simon & Schuster), Katie Fforde's Saving the Day (Arrow), Wish You Were Dead by Peter James (Pan), an abridged version of Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman (Ebury) and Khurrum Rahman's The Motive (HQ). The Quick Reads will be available in paperback, e-book and audio.
Moyes commented: “After a year that’s been so tough and in which access to learning and literacy development has been particularly limited, I am thrilled to support Quick Reads and the Reading Agency's mission to break down barriers to reading. Quick Reads offers a route to reading for people that have either never found, or have lost, a love of books. This new development, with the support and generosity of Quick Reads publishers, will enable the books to reach even more readers-to-be, and help the programme continue to transform lives.”
Karen Napier, c.e.o. of The Reading Agency, added: “Introducing this new Buy One, Gift One campaign has been a real labour of love for the Quick Reads team at The Reading Agency. We believe passionately in the many, many benefits of reading, and are immensely grateful to our wonderful publisher partners for their support. This new development will enable the books to reach even more people, helping us continue our mission to tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.”