Quick Reads’ Commissioning Editor, Fanny Blake, to leave this month

After 5 successful years, Fanny Blake, is drawing to a close her role as Commissioning Editor of the life changing Quick Reads programme. She will step down from day to day involvement this month with her final set of new titles published on 14 April 2022.

During her time as Commissioning Editor Fanny has commissioned 38 Quick Reads by the UK’s most popular authors including Jojo Moyes, Paula Hawkins, Peter James, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Graham Norton. Fanny has worked with publishers and authors across the sector to ensure Quick Reads provides a diverse, relevant and engaging list each year. During her time as commissioning editor the Quick Reads programme has reached over a million people, through sales, library loans and book donations, providing the first step on their reading journey.

Karen Napier, CEO of The Reading Agency, said:

“I would like to thank and pay tribute to Fanny for her commitment to Quick Reads and the new and emerging readers that the programme supports. Fanny’s tireless work over the past 5 years has ensured that Quick Reads has benefitted from the support and talent of some of the UK’s most popular authors and publishers.

The team at The Reading Agency will be very sad to not work with Fanny on a daily basis, however her achievements and support for the programme has ensured we are in an excellent position to take Quick Reads forward and ensure that the programme continues to offer vital reading material for new and reluctant readers across the country. We wish Fanny all the best as she takes some time to focus on her writing and family.”

Fanny Blake, Quick Reads Commissioning Editor, said:

“It’s been extremely rewarding and a privilege to have been commissioning the last 5 years of Quick Reads. I’d just like to thank everyone who’s made it possible: my colleagues at the Reading Agency and the publishers, of course, but most of all the fantastic authors who have given their time and energy to contribute to and support such a worthwhile programme.”

The final set of Quick Reads commissioned by Fanny Blake will be published on 14 April 2022 in collaboration with World Book Night. Eight books will be published, written by an exciting and diverse set of authors: Kate Mosse, Graham Norton, Ayisha Malik, MW Craven, Santa Montefiore, Alex Wheatle, Paula Hawkins and Lemn Sissay. All eight Quick Reads will feature on the World Book Night booklist with publishers committing to gifting 6,000 copies of their title to The Reading Agency who will distribute the books to less confident readers and those with limited access to books.

The Reading Agency

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