New Galaxy Quick Reads titles announced

Two Penguin Random House titles have been chosen for the 2017 Galaxy Quick Reads series, as announced by The Reading Agency today. Quick Reads titles are specifically designed to be shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are less confident in their reading skills.

This year’s selection features two books from Ebury:

  • Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers – a specially adapted book drawing on the late Susan Jeffers’ landmark self-help book and its bestselling follow ups.
  • Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman – a road trip novel about four people who meet online and drive to the Poldark set in Cornwall to find Aiden Turner. Coleman, who is dyslexic herself, is the bestselling novelist of The Memory Book and We Are All Made of Stars.

Gillian Green, Publishing Director for Ebury, commented, “As an editor the statistic that 1 in 6 adults struggles with reading is a sobering one. Quick Reads helps make it easier for everyone to discover the joy of a great story and helps make books far more accessible. Rowan Coleman’s Looking for Captain Poldark is a funny, charming and utterly delightful story whether you’re a new reader, a reluctant reader or merely struggling to find time to read.”

Morwenna Loughman, Editor for Vermilion, commented, Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway is a perennial bestseller and it is wonderful to know that it will be reaching a whole new audience; for a book that is all about gaining confidence and getting the most out of life, Quick Reads is the perfect platform to spread Susan Jeffers’ hugely positive message. The whole Vermilion team are honoured and proud that one of our much-loved titles is part of the 2017 programme.”

Founded in 2006 by Baroness Rebuck, DBE, this is the seventh year Quick Reads has been sponsored by Galaxy, and the second year that it has been run by The Reading Agency.

Baroness Rebuck commented: “Since launching the programme 11 years ago, Quick Reads have introduced millions of adults to the joys and benefits of reading for pleasure. It is with a great sense of pride that we announce, together with the Reading Agency, the 2017 titles – a diverse list of entertaining and inspiring stories that will give even more emergent readers access to new experiences and new worlds, both on and off the page.”

In 2017, the initiative – which has published over 100 titles, sold or distributed more than 4.8 million copies and enabled over 4.3 million library loans – will continue to work with literacy practitioners, prisons, librarians and retailers to bring the benefits and pleasure of reading to everyone.

Penguin Random House's involvement in Quick Reads is just one aspect of our commitment to Reading, as outlined in our Creative Responsibility manifesto earlier in 2016.

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