Thursday 5 February 2015


Roddy Doyle and JoJo Moyes add short stories to the GALAXY® Quick Reads series, helping people to rediscover the pleasure of reading

On 4 February 2015, six new GALAXY® Quick Reads books written by renowned authors will launch, aimed at helping adults across the UK rediscover the pleasure of reading.

Priced at just £1, the GALAXY® Quick Reads titles are the same as mainstream books in every respect but simply shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are either less confident in their reading skills or over time have become lapsed readers.  Previous high profile authors who have penned Galaxy Quick Reads titles include Jeffrey Archer, Lynda La Plante and Andy McNab.  

Founded in 2006, the Quick Reads initiative was launched to help the country’s one in six adults of working age who have difficulty reading, as well as the one in three adults who do not read for pleasure.  Through demonstrating that books and reading can be for everyone, Quick Reads has now distributed over 4.3million books to libraries, workplaces, hospitals, schools, parents, family groups and even prisons, where literacy continues to be significantly low.

2015 will see another bumper crop of well known and much loved writing talent join the Quick Reads authors before them.  This year’s participating authors are Roddy Doyle, Jojo Moyes, Sophie Hannah, Fanny Blake, Adèle Geras and James Bowen.  Between them, their Quick Reads titles cover a range of different themes from a holiday romance to a true story based on a homeless man and his cat.

The 2015 Quick Reads titles 

Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle
Pat had been best friends with Joe Murphy since they were kids. But years ago they had a fight . A big one. And they haven’t spoke since – until the day before Joe’s funeral. What? On the day before his funeral Joe would be dead, wouldn’t he? Yes he would…

Paris for Two One by JoJo Moyes
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She has never even been on a weekend away with her boyfriend. Everyone knows she is just not the adventurous type. But, when her boyfriend doesn’t turn up for their romantic mini-break, Nell has the chance to prove everyone wrong. Alone in Paris, could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life?

Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen by Sophie Hannah
After Chloe and her daughter Freya are rescued from disaster by a man who seems too good to be true, Chloe decides she must find him again to thank him. But instead of meeting her knight in shining armour, she comes across a woman called Nadine Caspian who warns her to stay well away from him. The man is dangerous, Nadine claims, and a compulsive liar. Alarmed, Chloe asks her what she means, but Nadine will say no more. Chloe knows that the sensible choice would be to walk away – after all, she doesn’t know anything about this man. But she is curious. What could Nadine have meant? And can Chloe find out the truth without putting herself and her daughter in danger?

Red for Revenge by Fanny Blake
Maggie is married with two grown-up children. Her twenty-five year old marriage to Phil has lost is sparkle. Carla is widowed. She understands life is short so she lives it to the full.  But is her new romance all that it seems? When the two women meet in the beauty salon, they soon find they have more in common than the colour of their nails… The discovery that they are sharing the same man is shocking. How will he be taught a lesson or two he won’t forget?

Out of the Dark by Adèle Geras
Rob Stone comes back from the horrors of the First World War with a ruined face and a broken heart. Lonely, unable to forget the things he has seen, and haunted by the ghost of his dead Captain, all that Rob has left is a picture of the Captain’s family.  Rob sets out to find them, hoping by giving them the picture, he can bring peace to the Captain’s ghost – and to his own troubled heart.

Street Cat Bob by James Bowen
When James Bowen found an injured street cat in the hallway of his sheltered housing, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James had been living on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn’t resist the clever tomcat, whom he quickly named Bob. 

Galaxy chocolate is a main sponsor for Quick Reads and is committed to supporting the work that Quick Reads does to improve adult literacy skills and encourage the uptake of reading 

Quick Reads was launched in 2006. It commissions, publishes and distributes short books by big name authors to help get people reading

Since its launch, Quick Reads has distributed over 4.3m books and there have been over 3.5m library loans

Quick Reads is a World Book Day initiative to support literacy and reading amongst adults

Arts Council England support Quick Reads. It believes that the arts have the power to change lives and communities, and to create opportunities for people throughout the country

Over the past nine years, Quick Reads has introduced millions of people to the pleasure of picking up a book by providing short, books by bestselling writers.

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