Ebury publish two new Quick Reads titles in partnership with The Reading Agency
Today sees the publication of a selection of new Quick Reads, the adult literacy campaign founded by Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House UK, in 2006.
Every year Quick Reads commissions 6 short books which are stimulating and engaging stories with adult themes and content, written to literacy guidelines and penned by authors across a range of genres, for emergent adult readers.
Two of this year’s titles are published by 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-up.
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.
This forms part of our creative responsibility manifesto, which focuses on making reading fun for both adults and children.
2017’s Quick Reads focus key will be widening the project’s reach with new partnerships focusing on people who might not normally go into bookshops or libraries including focusing on reaching adults through the workplace through a new partnership with unions Unison and Union learn. Programme Manager Jo Dawson said : “Quick Reads has always relied on partnerships to get the books into the hands of people who need them most. That includes the publishers, authors and agents who work with us to produce the books, as well people in bookshops and libraries, to get them on the shelves. But there is more of a concentration [this year] about reaching adults who don’t go into bookshops and libraries.”
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.”