Yesterday (14th February) six new book titles were released as part of the Quick Reads range. Quick Reads, in association with Galaxy, have released six new book titles in an attempt to encourage people to ‘Start a New Chapter’. The books are short reads of approximately 100 pages each in length and aim to get people back into reading.
In the past the books released have been by some of the world’s bestselling authors, and this year is no different. Amongst others, the books released this year come from bestselling authors Kathy Lette, Simon Kernick and Andy McNab.
When I received the six books kindly sent to me yesterday by the lovely people at Quick Reads, I went through the books so I could choose which ones to focus on. Though the other books all looked great, I decided to go for the ones in the thriller genre. I think the thriller genre works great in a short story format, as the author can use the short length to create a gripping story line that instantly grabs the reader’s attention. Of course some readers may feel that the short length means it is harder to fit tension into a story. However, for the purposes of the aim of the project, short stories that pack a punch should be a good starting point for many people who want to get back into reading.
Perhaps one of the more inspirational writers part of the Quick Reads campaign is Andy McNab. McNab has led a truly inspirational life. From the very beginning of his life he faced hardship. After being abandoned as a baby, he grew up in South London surrounded by poverty. He changed school many times while growing up, finding that he was placed in remedial classes as a result. Soon his life was one of petty crime, and by the age of sixteen he was in juvenile detention.
It seems McNab’s life hit a turning point when soon after he was recruited into the army. And after discovering he had the reading age of an eleven year old, the army education system would change his life forever. Now a bestselling author of books such as Brave Two Zero, you can read his inspirational story Today Everything Changes found in the Quick Reads range.
I think McNab is a great source of inspiration for anyone who is intimidated by reading and writing. It just goes to show that, even as an adult, we can learn new things often considered impossible. McNab’s story may be the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to get into reading.
Out of the range of books sent to me, I also read A Dreadful Murder by Minette Walters. If you like typical English whodunnit murder mysteries, this book is the perfect read for you. Based on a true story, Walters attempts to solve the mystery of the real life murder of Caroline Luard. In 1908 Luard was shot dead in a sleepy town near Ightham, Kent, sending shockwaves out among the townsfolk.
The official outcome of the investigation was that Luard was murdered by people or persons unknown. The mystery has remained unsolved ever since. In her story Walters uses real and fictional characters and uses modern detective skills to attempt to solve a 100-year-old crime.
The book collection in the Quick Reads range includes:
- Love is Blind by Kathy Lette
- Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick
- A Dreadful Murder by Minette Walters
- A Sea Change by Veronica Henry
- Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab
- Doctor Who, The Silurian Gift by Mike Tucker
The Galaxy Quick Reads book range will be available priced at £1 each from 14th February 2013