CELEBRATING THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF QUICK READS:
SHORT BOOKS AND GREAT STORIES TACKLING THE ADULT LITERACY CRISIS
One in six adults in the UK – approximately 9 million people – find reading difficult, and one in three people do not regularly read for pleasure. Quick Reads, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, plays a vital role in addressing these shocking statistics by inspiring emergent readers, as well as those with little time or who have fallen out of the reading habit, with entertaining and accessible writing from the very best contemporary authors.
OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE: The Baby is Mine (Atlantic)
LOUISE CANDLISH: The Skylight (Simon & Schuster)
KATIE FFORDE: Saving the Day (Arrow)
PETER JAMES: Wish You Were Dead (Macmillan)
CAITLIN MORAN: How to Be a Woman, abridged (Ebury)
Over 5 million Quick Reads have been distributed since the life-changing programme launched in 2006. From 2020 – 2022, the initiative is supported by a philanthropic gift from bestselling author Jojo Moyes. This year, for every book bought until 31 July 2021, another copy will be gifted to help someone discover the joy of reading. ‘Buy one, gift one’ will see thousands of free books given to organisations across the UK to reach less confident readers and those with limited access to books – bring the joy and transformative benefits of reading to new audiences.
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Buy one, gift one: Buy a Quick Read this summer and we’ll gift a copy to help someone discover the joy of reading.”
I was a librarian for 20 years before a career change yet I still champion reading and it’s importance for everyone. Reading doesn’t comes easily for some and the thought of a book with hundreds of pages can seem daunting, this is where the quick reads series can help those reluctant or those who struggle.
The Baby Is Mine was everything a quick read should be, as Braithwaite entertained with a fabulous story. She gave the reader an opportunity to escape England to experience another country, the heat, the culture and three characters who held your attention.
Bambi was the alpha male chucked out by his girlfriend for cheating only to find himself peacemaker as his aunt and her dead husbands mistress fought over a baby. It was tense, fraught with arguments, darkness, locked rooms and exciting. Just who was the mother of this innocent lovely baby, a question that kept you turning the pages. The aunt and girlfriend were suitably bitchy, claws out, both desperate to prove they were the mother.
The ending was unexpected but very fitting for the time and feel of the story. If anything can persuade an individual that reading is an escape from the rigours of normal life then The Baby Is Mine would be the perfect introduction.
About the author
Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at a Nigerian Publishing House and has been freelancing as a writer and graphic designer since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self-published work.
In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
She is the author of My Sister, the Serial Killer, which won the 2019 LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller, the 2019 Morning News Tournament of Books, the 2019 Amazon Publishing Reader’s Award for Best Debut Novel, the 2019 Anthony Award for Best First Novel.
It was also shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019, shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 in the Mystery & Thriller and Debut Novel categories, shortlisted for the British Book Awards 2020 in two categories, shortlisted for the Cameo Awards 2020 in the Book to Audio category, shortlisted for Book Bloggers’ Choice Awards 2020.
It was longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019, and longlisted for the 2020 Dublin Literary Award.
My Sister, the Serial Killer is being translated into 30 languages and has also been optioned for film.