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Sunday 28 March 2021

Tackling Adult Literacy Crisis With Brighton Author Peter James & Quick Reads

Much-loved detective Roy Grace is in for the holiday from hell in Wish You Were Dead, the Quick Read from long-time literacy campaigner and crime fiction maestro Peter James. 

James is the UK's number one bestselling author of crime and thriller, with his debut novel Dead Simple recently adapted by Endeavour's Russell Lewis into ITV's Grace, starring John Simm as the tenacious detective. 

James says that he hopes Quick Reads will encourage people to get started on their reading journeys:

"What more could an author hope for? Reading helps us tackle big challenges, transports us into new worlds, takes us on adventures, allows us to experience many different lives and opens us up to aspects of our world we never knew existed."

For 15 years this invaluable campaign has supported the one in three adults who do not regularly read for pleasure and the one in six who find reading difficult.

Peter James In Conversation

These £1 short stories from best-selling authors have helped millions of people – from emergent readers to those with little time or who have fallen out of the reading habit – benefit from discovering the transformative power of reading.

To mark the 15th anniversary, for every book bought from publication on 27th May until 31th July 2021, another copy will be gifted to help someone discover the joy of reading. 

'Buy one, gift one' will see thousands of free books given to organisations across the UK to reach less confident readers and those with limited access to books – bring the joy and transformative benefits of reading to new audiences.

Quick Reads, a programme by The Reading Agency, aims to bring the pleasures and benefits of reading to everyone, including the one in three adults in the UK who do not regularly read for pleasure, and the one in six adults in the UK who find reading difficult. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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