Wokingham Libraries are delighted to be stocking the new 6 titles in the 2020 Quick Reads list. Quick Reads are short and engaging books for adult readers who may find reading difficult, and have enjoyed immense success since their launch in 2006. Read on to discover the 2020 titles, and what the authors have to say about the programme.
A Fresh Start by Fanny Blake
From wronged wives to nosy neighbours, from distant dads to new-found family, from secrets to lies, fresh starts to false endings – and everything in between – this is a collection of brilliant short stories from the best writers around.
Fanny Blake says: “Reading can widen your horizons without your even having to leave home, and should be a pleasure that that is open to everyone at any age or stage of their lives.”
Notting Hill Carnival: A West End Story by Candice Carty-Williams
Sapphire is the hot-headed leader of the Red Roses in an area where gang loyalty is all that matters. When she meets a boy called Apollo on her way to Notting Hill Carnival, she forms an instant bond with him. She thinks he could be the one. Until she discovers he’s a member of rival gang, the Gold Teeth.
Candice Carty-Williams says: “As someone who comes from a family of non-readers, and someone whose mum is dyslexic, Quick Reads is such an important resource.”
Darkness Rising by A.A. Dhand
Detective Inspector Harry Virdee has a lot on his plate. His team is facing government cuts, tensions are building between Bradford’s two rival drugs gangs and his wife Saima is due to give birth any day now. So when bodies start turning up in the old industrial district, the pressure is on to get the case wrapped up as quickly as possible, or risk a full-scale gang war. But the man behind the murders is ruthless and pushy. And things are getting personal. Harry must think fast and bend the rules if he wants to keep his city, and his family, safe.
A.A. Dhand says: “I’m thrilled to be part of such a vital scheme as Quick Reads and hope to give readers a short, sharp burst of entertainment which brings literacy and fast-paced storytelling into their lives.”
The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe by Milly Johnson
Lara Cliffe and her three friends are off on a mini-break for her hen party. However, on the overnight ferry, Lara finds out that Danny, her ex – the one who jilted her three weeks before their wedding – is playing in the onboard band, and he spots her in the crowd. Will she meet him the next night to talk?
Milly Johnson says: “It [Quick Reads] opens the door and says ‘come on in and fall in love with books’. Reading is the key to a life enriched.”
The Donor by Clare Mackintosh
She gave you everything. But what does she want in return? When Lizzie’s daughter Meg is given a life-saving heart transplant, Lizzie feels hugely grateful to the nameless donor. Then she receives a letter from the donor’s mother, Karen, asking to meet, and it seems like the least she can do. But as soon as Karen is welcomed into their lives, Lizzie feels something isn’t right. And before long, she can’t help but worry that by inviting Karen in, she might have put Meg in danger.
Clare Mackintosh says: “Quick Reads addresses a very real need — pacey, good-quality storytelling, in an accessible format — and I’m honoured to be contributing to 2020’s line-up with a story I’ve been wanting to write for several years.”
This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. You work 97 hours a week. You make life and death decisions. You are often covered in blood (or worse) from head to toe. And the hospital parking meter earns more money than you do. Adam Kay’s diary was written in secret after long days, sleepless nights and missed weekends. It is funny, moving and sometimes shocking. This is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.
Adam Kay says: “Literacy and healthcare have much in common; they are among our fundamental rights as individuals. They both require sustained funding, governments who believe in the possibilities they offer, and outspoken champions. Quick Reads are the most wonderful champion for literacy.”
To reserve any of these titles please visit the Wokingham Libraries online catalogue at https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/