Thursday, 1 February 2018

Quick Reads 2018 campaign launches today

Today it's my pleasure to be spotlighting this year's Quick Reads campaign which is being launched tonight at Foyles, Charing Cross in association with The Reading Agency.

For me I cannot even imagine not having a book in my hand, and love nothing more than being able to switch off from the real world and lose myself within the pages of a book, but I have seen first hand that something I take for granted can be a real difficulty for others.  This is why I didn't hesitate when asked to be part of this Quick Reads launch day promotion as it is a fantastic scheme that should be applauded.

If you've not heard of the Quick Reads campaign before it was first introduced in 2006, so is now in it's 12th year, as a means to provide accessible and shorter, easier to read stories for less confident readers.  But they are also suitable reads for those who no longer read for pleasure, those with a busy lifestyle that don't have the time to read a fuller length story, or for anyone who simply enjoys reading short stories.

Every year six big name authors are approached to write for this campaign and this year’s stellar cast of authors is no exception, there is truly something for everyone in this diverse, engaging collection of stories that takes us across the globe and features themes of friendship, secrets and lies, marriage and the horror that losing your phone can bring..

The Quick Reads titles for 2018 are:

Cut Off by Mark Billingham: A punchy, taut urban thriller about that moment we all fear: losing our phone! For Louise, losing hers in a local café takes a sinister turn.(I'll be reviewing this one later today)

The Great Cornish Getaway by Fern Britton: As the sun sits high in the sky over Cornwall, and the sea breeze brings a welcome relief to the residents of the seaside village of Trevay, a stranger arrives in need of a safe haven.

Clean Break by Tammy Cohen:  A dark and twisty portrait of a marriage coming to its bitter end, from the mistress of domestic noir. Can Kate rid herself of her jealous husband before it's too late?

Inspector Chopra and the Million-Dollar Motor Car by Vaseem Khan: An enchanting Baby Ganesh Agency novella from the bestselling Khan set in the bustling back-streets of Mumbai. Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick have two days to solve the mystery of a missing - and very costly - car for its gangster owner, or there'll be a heavy price to pay.

The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson: A gripping short read featuring a wedding, family drama, and old secrets. Tessa is thrilled when her daughter arrives in Ghana to get married but memories of the last time she was there haunt her; can she lay the ghosts of the past to rest or will they come back to haunt her daughter's future?

Six Foot Six by Kit de Waal: A charming novella from Costa First Novel Award shortlisted author de Waal about finding friendship in the most unlikely of places. Everything changes for Timothy, a 21 year-old with learning difficulties, when local builder Charlie calls on him for help.

All book titles in bold are Amazon UK Affiliate links which will earn me a few pence if anyone clicks through and makes a purchase - any money earned will go towards buying books or gifts for giveaways.

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