On 13th April 2023, six of the most popular Quick Reads from the programme's history will be specially republished. All six Quick Reads are on the World Book Night list and will be given away as part of the celebration on 23 April.
Agatha Christie, The Double Clue: And Other Hercule Poirot Stories (HarperCollins)
A man is found shot in a locked room. A wealthy banker disappears while posting a letter. A thief vanishes with a haul of rubies and emeralds. And, in the golden sands of Egypt, the men who discovered an ancient tomb are dying one by one.
...Hercule Poirot, the fussy Belgian detective with the egg-shaped head and neat and tidy moustache, solved some of the world's most puzzling crimes. This book contains four of the very best stories, selected by John Curran, author of Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, and Sophie Hannah, who wrote the brand new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders.
Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott.
Roddy Doyle, Dead Man Talking (Vintage)
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 spoken since --- till the day before Joe's funeral.
What? On the day before his funeral Joe would be dead, wouldn't he? Yes, he would...
Roddy Doyle's first book for the Quick Reads programme to support adult literacy is fast, funny and just a tiny bit spooky.
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of eleven acclaimed novels including the Barrytown Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van). He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. Roddy is a passionate advocate for literacy and is involved in various projects promoting reading and writing in Ireland.
Bernardine Evaristo, Hello Mum (Penguin)
It's a hot summer afternoon. Tension is in the air. A gang of youths on bikes gathers outside a chip shop. A teenage boy is stabbed and left bleeding on the street.
The boy's mother wonders how this could have happened to her son. She is full of questions, but when the answers lie so close to home, are they really what she wants to hear?
British writer Bernardine Evaristo is the author of ten books and numerous writings that span the genres of fiction, verse fiction, short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, journalism, and radio and theatre drama. Bernardine's novel Girl, Woman, Other won the Booker Prize 2019. She was the first black woman and black British person to win it in its fifty year history.
Peter James, Wish You Were Dead (Pan Macmillan)
Roy Grace and his family have left Sussex behind for a week's holiday in France. The website promised a grand house, but when they arrive the place is very different from the pictures. And it soon becomes clear that their holiday nightmare is only just beginning.
An old enemy of Roy, a lowlife criminal he had put behind bars, is now out of jail - and out for revenge. He knows where Roy and his family have gone on holiday. Of course he does. He's been hacking their emails - and they are in the perfect spot for him to pay Roy back...
Peter James is a UK number one bestselling author, best known for his crime and thriller novels. He is the creator of the much-loved detective Roy Grace. His books have been translated into thirty-seven languages. He has won over forty awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award. Many of his books have been adapted for film, TV and stage.
Dreda Say Mitchell, One False Move (Hodder & Stoughton)
Hayley swore when she got out of prison that she would turn her life around. But living on the Devil's Estate doesn't make that easy. She spends her days looking after her daughter, and her nights collecting cash from people who can't get loans any other way. But someone has just robbed her. And she has twenty-four hours to get the money back, or her boss will come for her.
Her criminal ex-boyfriend says he can help. Hayley wants nothing to do with him. But time is running out, and she has to choose - save herself, or save her soul?
If she makes one false move, her life will be over...
Born and bred in the East End of London, Dreda has seen it all from the inside. After jobs as a waitress, chambermaid and catering assistant she realised her dream of becoming a teacher. During this time she saw a new generation of East Enders grappling with the same problems she had but in an even more violent and unforgiving world. Dreda's books are inspired by the gritty, tough and criminal world she grew up in. She still lives in London's East End.
Jojo Moyes, Paris for One (Penguin)
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, Nell meets the mysterious moped-riding Fabien and his group of carefree friends. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life?
Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten
years before leaving to write full-time. Her previous novels have all been
critically acclaimed and include The Girl You Left Behind, Me Before You and The
One Plus One. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.