Book Chatter: Quick Reads



I’m sure that all book lovers are already aware of the fantastic Quick Reads books which are released every year but I wanted to talk about the set of books being made available this month as they are quite simply AMAZING.

If you aren’t aware of the Quick Reads series then basically they are short books written by some of our favourite authors which are designed to be quick and easy to read in the hope that more adults in the UK will pick up a book and get reading. Some books can feel intimidating even to those who read regularly, so Quick Reads aim to help those who are less confident with their reading by releasing some short, snappy and fabulous-sounding stories.

Here are the fantastic selection being released on the 5th February 2015:


Paris for One by Jojo Moyes

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She has never even been on a weekend away with her boyfriend. Everyone knows she is just not the adventurous type.

But, when her boyfriend doesn’t turn up for their romantic mini-break, Nell has the chance to prove everyone wrong.

Alone in Paris, Nell meets the mysterious moped riding Fabien and his group of care free friends.

Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life?


Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle

Pat had been best friends with Joe Murphy since they were kids. But five years ago they had a fight. A big one, and they haven’t spoken since — till the day before Joe’s funeral.

What? On the day before his funeral Joe would be dead, wouldn’t he?

Yes, he would…



Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen by Sophie Hannah

Would you trust a complete stranger?

After Chloe and her daughter Freya are rescued from disaster by a man who seems too good to be true, Chloe decides she must find him again to thank him. But instead of meeting her knight in shining armour, she comes across a woman called Nadine Caspian who warns her to stay well away from him. The man is dangerous, Nadine claims, and a compulsive liar. Alarmed, Chloe asks her what she means, but Nadine will say no more.

Chloe knows that the sensible choice would be to walk away – after all, she doesn’t know anything about this man. But she is too curious. What could Nadine have meant? And can Chloe find out the truth without putting herself and her daughter in danger?


Out of the Dark by Adele Geras

Rob Stone comes back from the horrors of the First World War with a ruined face and a broken heart. Lonely, unable to forget the things he has seen, and haunted by the ghost of his dead captain, all that Rob has left is a picture of the captain’s family. Rob sets out to find them, hoping that by giving them the picture, he can bring peace to the captain’s ghost – and to his own troubled heart.



Red for Revenge by Fanny Blake

Two women, one man: code red for revenge…

Maggie is married with two grown-up children. Her twenty-five year-old marriage to Phil has lost its sparkle.

Carla is widowed. She understands life is short so she lives it to the full. But is her new romance all that it seems?

When the two women meet in the beauty salon, they soon find they have more in common than the colour of their nails.

The discovery that they are sharing the same man is shocking. How will Phil be taught a lesson or two he won’t forget?

Street Cat Bob by James Bowen

‘Heart-warming tale with a message of hope’ Daily Mail

When James Bowen found an injured street cat in the hallway of his sheltered housing, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James had been living on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn’t resist the clever tom cat, whom he quickly named Bob. Soon the two were best friends, and their funny and sometimes dangerous adventures would change both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts.

Street Cat Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.


Can I read them all? Pleaseeeee!?

I’m especially looking forward to reading Paris For One (BIG Jojo Moyes fan alert!), Red for Revenge (The synopsis sounds amazing…and there’s nail polish….) and Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen because Sophie Hannah never disappoints and I can’t wait to see how this story plays out as quick read.

The books are released on the 5th February 2015 and you can buy them from book shops, online retailers and of course, they will be available to borrow from your local library too.

To find out more about the scheme (which is sponsored by Galaxy chocolate – COULD IT BE MORE PERFECT??) visit




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