This is the final day to join in and make a difference for someone. For each of the quick reads purchased, another will be donated to someone who would not normally be able to purchase these books for personal reasons. It is a fantastic. I hope that this continues for many more years to come. Although I was sent a hard copy of this book I have also purchased a digital copy too. Each book only costs £1 and it can make a tremendous difference to someone. Many thanks to Hannah Bright for inviting me to take part in this.
What a fantastic listing of short reads there are!
This year Quick Reads is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, which means that over five million copies of Quick Reads titles have been distributed since the life-changing programme began in 2006. To celebrate, for every book bought until 31 July, another copy will be gifted to help someone discover the love of reading.
These are just some the incredible selection of titles available.
OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE: The Baby is Mine (Atlantic)
LOUISE CANDLISH: The Skylight (Simon & Schuster)
KATIE FFORDE: Saving the Day (Arrow)
PETER JAMES: Wish You Were Dead (Macmillan)
CAITLIN MORAN: How to Be a Woman, abridged (Ebury)
KHURRUM RAHMAN: The Motive (HQ)
When his girlfriend throws him out during the pandemic, Bambi has to go to his Uncle’s house in lock-down Lagos. He arrives during a blackout, and is surprised to find his Aunty Bidemi sitting in a candlelit room with another woman. They both claim to be the mother of the baby boy, fast asleep in his crib.
At night Bambi is kept awake by the baby’s cries, and during the days he is disturbed by a cockerel that stalks the garden. There is sand in the rice. A blood stain appears on the wall. Someone scores tribal markings into the baby’s cheeks. Who is lying and who is telling the truth?
They can’t see her, but she can see them…
Simone has a secret. She likes to stand at her bathroom window and spy on the couple downstairs through their kitchen skylight. She knows what they eat for breakfast and who they’ve got over for dinner. She knows what mood they’re in before they even step out the door. There’s nothing wrong with looking, is there?
Until one day Simone sees something through the skylight she is not expecting. Something that upsets her so much she begins to plot a terrible crime…
She has only one chance to turn her life around…
Allie is bored with her job and starting to wonder whether she even likes her boyfriend, Ryan.
The high point in her day is passing a café on her walk home from work. It is the sort of place where she’d really like to work.
Then one day she sees as advert on the door: assistant wanted. But before she can land her dream job, Allie knows she must achieve two things:
1. Learn to cook
2. End her relationship with Ryan, especially as through the window of the café, she spies a waiter who looks much more like her type of man.
And when she learns that the café is in danger of closing, Allie knows she must do her very best to save the day …
Wish You Were Dead is a Quick Read short story from bestselling author Peter James.
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 . . .
It’s a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. But a few nagging questions remain…
Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby?
Part memoir, part protest, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.
A Jay Qasim short story and prequel to EAST OF HOUNSLOW written for Quick Reads 2021
Business has been slow for Hounslow’s small time dope-dealer, Jay Qasim. A student house party means quick easy cash but it also means breaking his own rules. But desperate times lead him there – and Jay finds himself in the middle of a crime scene.
Idris Zaidi, a Police Constable and Jay’s best friend, is having a quiet night when he gets a call out following a noise complaint at a house party. Fed up with the lack of excitement in his job, he visits the scene and quickly realises that people are in danger after a stabbing.
Someone will stop at nothing to get revenge . . .
Do look out for more Quick Read bargains too!
I have read The Skylight: Quick Reads 2021 by Louise Candlish so here follows my thoughts about this book.
Simone was a character that gave me goosebumps as soon as I met her in the story, the sort of person that just made me feel unease and someone that I would not want to rub up the wrong way. She has a past that few people know about, all very hush, hush, but she knows that what she did will never go away.
Simone watches the people that live downstairs, through a window she can see out of, but they can not see her. It looks down onto the couples skylight window above their dining table. Simone doesn’t like the woman that lives downstairs, or the woman her. Simone looks once too much. You can’t take back what you see, but you can take action.
What a creepy story this is, at only 89 pages, this quick read covers a lot of ground both in the past and present day. I enjoyed that the story was told by Simone, it gave it a creepy edge coming from her, because of the frightening way her mind works. There are only a few characters in the story, all necessary for the story.
The author soon creates a group of people that I found myself falling into liking and disliking by their actions. A fabulous edgy quick read!