Join The Reading Agency for The Midnight Library Big Book Club event with Matt Haig

The Reading Agency invites book groups and libraries to join us for a nationwide virtual event with bestselling author Matt Haig, where he will read from his latest book, currently sitting atop the fiction book charts, The Midnight Library. The event will take place via Zoom from 7-8pm on Thursday 8 October 2020.

Matt will appear in conversation with The Reading Agency’s co-founder and creative director, Debbie Hicks, to discuss the book’s powerful message of hope and why we must protect our libraries at all costs. We will also be asking Matt questions put forward by the audience! Read on to find out how to get involved and win a bundle of Matt Haig titles.

We will be speaking to Matt, aptly, during Libraries Week (5-10 October). This year we have seen libraries play a vital role during lockdown to support the nation to get reading, providing comfort, companionship, and escapism in challenging times, much like in The Midnight Library. We want to recognise and celebrate this while also highlighting the importance of the physical library space and the key role libraries play at the heart of their community.

About The Midnight Library

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

About the author

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written many books for children, including most recently the Sunday Times bestseller, The Truth Pixie. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

How to get involved

Please register for this event by Friday 2 October.

To win a set of Matt Haig’s Canongate backlist adult fiction titles, register for the event and email your question for Matt to [email protected] along with your full name.

Sign up to your local library to borrow a copy of The Midnight Library, or buy a copy from Waterstones, Amazon or your local bookshop.

Jackets Revealed for 2021 Quick Reads

8 September 2020: On International Literacy Day, The Reading Agency has unveiled the jackets for the next instalment of Quick Reads, written by Oyinkan Braithwaite, Louise Candlish, Katie Fforde, Peter James, Caitlin Moran and Khurrum Rahman. These six amazing bitesize novels by leading authors will be released on 27 May 2021, marking the 15th anniversary of the life-changing programme tackling the UK’s adult literacy crisis by inspiring less confident readers. Originally scheduled to launch in February 2021, the publication date has moved to Spring, due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and as The Reading Agency looks to share Quick Reads with the widest possible audience.

Since launching in 2006, over 5 million Quick Reads books have been distributed. One in six adults in the UK find reading difficult and one in three do not regularly read for pleasure – Quick Reads works to change these statistics by producing high-quality books supported by outreach work in libraries, further education, prisons and trade unions, to help thousands of new readers every year find the pleasure and benefits that come from reading. With publisher support and The Reading Agency’s outreach work, over 83,987 Quick Reads have been distributed in 2020 so far.

From dark domestic noir and compelling crime to family drama and feminist manifesto, the transformative titles publishing on 27 May 2021 are great reads showcasing the very best in contemporary writing and are available for just £1 at bookshops and free to borrow from libraries, colleges, prisons, trade unions, hospitals and adult learning organisations across the UK.

  • The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Atlantic)
  • The Skylight by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster)
  • Saving the Day by Katie Fforde (Arrow)
  • Wish You Were Dead by Peter James (Macmillan)
  • How to Be a Woman, abridged by Caitlin Moran (Ebury)
  • The Motive by Khurrum Rahman (HQ)

Fanny Blake, Quick Reads Commissioning Editor, said:

“We are extremely proud to share the fabulous jackets for Quick Reads 2021. We could not be more grateful to the authors and publishers for their support of this invaluable programme. As we look forward to this next exceptional instalment of Quick Reads titles, it is easy to forget that without the generous gift of three years financial support from Jojo Moyes, Quick Reads would not have been relaunched, next year’s titles would not exist, and thousands of readers would not have picked up a copy of these life-changing books. It’s crucial that we find a way of ensuring that Quick Reads are here to stay. They provide entertaining, compelling, first-class storytelling that changes lives through reading.”

Debbie Hicks, Creative Director, The Reading Agency, said:

“We’re thrilled to be unveiling the jackets for 2021’s upcoming Quick Reads. The authors taking part in the 15th anniversary of the programme are some of our brightest writing stars. We’re delighted to receive their help in tackling the adult literacy crisis in the UK. We hope the wide range of stories showcased in this collection will once again help people across the country discover the joy and proven power of reading. There really is something for everyone”

Get Involved

Find out more about the 2021 Quick Reads here, including quotes from the brilliant authors

Use our Find A Read tool to search for past Quick Reads titles at different reading levels

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