Quick Reads

Quick Reads is the initiative for adults who have never got the reading bug or who have lost the habit, or indeed avid readers wanting a quick read. Read on to find out more about the new titles that will be published on 2 February 2012 and how everyone using Quick Reads can download free resources, full of activities, to use with emergent readers.

Quick Reads 2012

The Quick Reads for 2012 are:

  • Full House by Maeve Binchy (Orion)
  • The Cleverness of Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith (Little, Brown)
  • Quantum of Tweed: The Man with the Nissan Micra by Conn Iggulden (HarperCollins)
  • The Little One by Lynda La Plante (Simon & Schuster)
  • Beyond the Bounty by Tony Parsons (HarperCollins)
  • Amy's Diary by Maureen Lee (Orion)
  • Get The Life You Really Want by James Caan (Penguin)
  • Doctor Who: Magic of Angels by Jacqueline Rayner

There is also a variety of Quick Reads books available from previous years. Please visit Quick Reads for full details of the new and backlist titles.

Libraries can order sets of Quick Reads books from the main library suppliers - Bertrams, Askews and Holts, or Rondo. Please see the library supply schedule for more detailed dates.

You can also view the Quick Reads 2012 poster. These will be delivered to authorities in time for the launch of Quick Reads on 14 February.

Quick Reads 2011

The Quick Reads for 2011 are:

  • Bloody Valentine by James Patterson (Arrow)
  • Clouded Vision by Linwood Barclay (Orion)
  • Follow Me by Sheila O'Flanagan (Headline)
  • Jack and Jill by Lucy Cavendish (Penguin)
  • Men at Work by Mike Gayle (Hodder)
  • My Dad's a Policeman by Cathy Glass (HarperCollins)
  • Trouble on the Heath by Terry Jones (Accent Press)
  • Tackling Life by Charlie Oatway (Corgi)
  • Strangers on the 16:02 by Priya Basil (Black Swan)
  • Kung Fu Trip by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury)

Quick Reads resources

Each year The Reading Agency produces a set of free downloadable resources to support practitioners using the books with their learners (see links below or to the right) and we have done the same for this year's titles. For 2011 we have created two learning resource packs: the Reading Support Pack and a Writing Pack. The Reading Support Pack contains ideas and advice on using the books with emergent readers, from pre-reading discussion topics through to writing activities. The Writing Pack is a series of blank templates that can be used with Quick Reads titles and other books, with worksheet activities such as creating and describing characters, using wider vocabulary and writing book reviews. All resources have been mapped to adult literacy curricula.

All practitioners supporting adults using the Quick Reads can sign-up to information about this year's books and campaign materials through the Quick Reads website.

We're always keen to receive your feedback on how you use these resources and any suggestions for improvement. Please contact Michelle Treagust if you have any comments or questions about these resources.

Downloadable resources
Reading Support Pack
Writing Pack

Quick Reads 2010 Guide
Quick Reads 2010 Writing Pack

Quick Reads 2009 Guide
Quick Reads - How do you use yours?

10 Keys to Success by John Bird
Doctor Who: Revenge of the Judoon by Terrance Dicks
East End Tales by Gilda O'Neill
Girl on the Platform by Josephine Cox
Happy Families by Adele Parks
The Hardest Test by Scott Quinnell
Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay
Life's New Hurdles by Colin Jackson
One Good Turn by Chris Ryan
RaW Voices Ed Vanessa Feltz
The Hardest Test by Scott Quinnell

Starting with Quick Reads

March 2006
Approaches to Reading for Pleasure
The Book Boy by JoannaTrollope
Blackwater by Conn Iggulden
Chickenfeed by Minette Walters
Don't Make Me Laugh by Patrick Augustus
Hell Island by Matthew Reilly
How to Change Your Life in 7 Steps by John Bird
Screw It, Let's Do It by Richard Branson
Someone Like Me by Tom Holt
Star Sullivan by Maeve Binchy
The Team by Mick Dennis
The Thief by Ruth Rendell
Woman Walks into a Bar by Rowan Coleman

May 2006
Further Approaches to Reading for Pleasure
Against the Odds - Desert Claw by Damien Lewis and Winner Takes All by John Francome
Other Worlds - Doctor Who: I am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts and The Poison in the Blood by Tom Holland
Private Passions - Danny Wallace and the Centre of the Universe by Danny Wallace and I Love Football by Hunter Davies
Revenge is Sweet - Cleanskin by Val McDermid and The Grey Man by Andy McNab
Who Am I? - The Dying Wish by Courttia Newland and The Name You Once Gave Me by Mike Phillips