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Series: Quick Reads

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The 10 Keys to Success by John Bird
101 Ways to Get Your Child to Read (Quick Reads) by Patience Thomson
All These Lonely People (Quick Reads) by Gervase Phinn
I Am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts
Blackwater by Conn Iggulden
Buster Fleabags (Quick Read) by Rolf Harris
The Cave by Kate Mosse
Chickenfeed by Minette Walters
A Cool Head by Ian Rankin
Danny Wallace and the Centre of the Universe (Quick Reads) by Danny Wallace
The Dare by John Boyne
Don't Make Me Laugh (Quick Reads) by Patrick Augustus
The Double Clue and Other Hercule Poirot Stories by Agatha Christie
Dragons' den : your road to success by Obe Duncan Bannatyne
A Dream Come True by Maureen Lee
Girl on the Platform (Quick Reads) by Josephine Cox
The Grey Man (Quick Reads) by Andy McNab
How to Change Your Life in 7 Steps by John Bird
Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman
Made of Steel by Terrance Dicks
The Name You Once Gave Me (Quick Reads) by Mike Phillips
Raw voices : true stories of hardship and hope by Vanessa Feltz
Reaching for the Stars by Lola Jaye
Reading My Arse!: Searching for the Rock Island Line (Quick Reads) by Ricky Tomlinson
Revenge of the Judoon by Terrance Dicks
Someone Like Me (Quick Reads) by Tom Holt
The Sontaran Games by Jacqueline Rayner
Star Sullivan by Maeve Binchy
Sun Book of Short Stories (Quick Reads) by Jane Moore
Survive the Worst and Aim for the Best: How to Get Your Life Back on Track (Quick Reads) by Kerry Katona
The Tannery (Quick Reads) by Sherrie Hewson
The Thief by Ruth Rendell
Twenty Tales from the War Zone: The Best of John Simpson (Quick Reads) by John Simpson
Woman Walks in to a Bar by Rowan Coleman
The corpse's tale by Katherine JohnWales, 2006
Secrets by Lynne Barrett-LeeWales, 2006
Aim high by Tanni Grey-ThompsonWales, 2007
Bring it back home by Niall GriffithsWales, 2007
A day to remember by Fiona PhillipsWales, 2007
The Rubber Woman by Lindsay AshfordWales, 2007
The hardest test by Scott QuinnellWales, 2008
Life's new hurdles by Colin JacksonWales, 2008
Losing it by Roger GranelliWales, 2008
Vinyl demand by Hayley LongWales, 2008
Alive and kicking by Andy LeggWales, 2009
In at the deep end by David DaviesWales, 2009
Inside out by Parc PrisonersWales, 2009
Code of the Krillitanes by Justin Richards2010
Hello Mum by Bernardine Evaristo2010
Last night another soldier ... by Andy McNab2010
Life's too short : true stories of life at work by Val McDermid2010
Loose connections by Rachel TreziseWales, 2010
Money magic: seven simple steps to true financial freedom by Alvin Hall2010
The perfect holiday by Cathy Kelly2010
The Perfect Murder by Peter James2010
Random thoughts by Chris CorcoranWales, 2010
Team Calzaghe by Michael PearlmanWales, 2010
Traitors of the Tower by Alison Weir2010
We won the lottery! : real life winner stories by Danny BucklandWales, 2010
Bloody Valentine by James Patterson2011
Clouded Vision by Linwood Barclay2011
The flying pineapple by Jamie BaulchWales, 2011
Follow Me by Sheila O'Flanagan2011
Jack and Jill by Lucy Cavendish2011
Kung Fu trip by Benjamin Zephaniah2011
Men at Work by Mike Gayle2011
My Dad's a Policeman by Cathy Glass2011
Strangers on the 16:02 by Priya Basil2011
Tackling life by Charlie Oatway2011
Trouble on the Heath by Terry JonesWales, 2011
Worlds beyond words : true stories about the power of literacy by Alison StokesWales, 2011
Amy's Diary by Maureen Leenot in English Common Knowledge2012
Beyond the Bounty by Tony Parsons2012
The Cleverness of Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith2012
Full House by Maeve Binchy2012
Get the Life You Really Want (Quick Reads) (Quick Reads 2012) by James Caan2012
The little one by Lynda La Plante2012
Magic of the Angels by Jacqueline Rayner2012
Quantum of tweed : the man with the Nissan Micra by Conn Iggulden2012
A Dreadful Murder: The Mysterious Death of Caroline Luard by Minette Walters2013
Love is blind : but marriage is a real eye opener by Kathy Lette2013
A Sea Change by Veronica Henry2013
The Silurian Gift by Mike Tucker2013
Today everything changes by Andy McNab2013
Wrong time, wrong place by Simon Kernick2013
Blackout (Quick Reads 2014) by Emily Barr2014
A cruel fate by Lindsey Davis2014
Do not go gentle by Phil CarradiceWales, 2014
The Escape (Quick Reads) by Lynda La Plante2014
Four warned by Jeffrey Archer2014
Hidden by Barbara Taylor Bradford2014
Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero by Harriet Evans2014
Dead man talking by Roddy Doyle2015
Pictures or It Didn't Happen by Sophie Hannah2015
Red for Revenge by Fanny Blake2015
Too Good To Be True by Ann Cleeves2016
Cut Off by Mark Billingham2018
The Great Cornish Getaway by Fern Britton2018

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Series description

Quick Reads are a series of short books by bestselling authors and celebrities. With no more than 128 pages, they are designed to encourage adults who do not read often, or find reading tough, to discover the joy of books. Quick Reads are a collaboration amongst leading publishers, supermarkets, bookshops, libraries, government departments, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Arts Council England, the BBC, World Book Day, National Book Tokens and more. They are used as a resource for adult literacy teaching and have been used in Skills for Life and ESOL classes in colleges, community centres, libraries, prisons and workplaces across the country. They have also been used in hospitals, stroke recovery units, dyslexia centres, care homes, family learning groups, pre-schools, organisations working with homeless people and traveller communities, and Army and RAF bases.

Besides the volumes published in England, a further four Quick Reads a year are published in Wales in English, by Welsh authors or celebrities, using the same branding as the campaign in England. This is besides another four books a year in the Welsh language series Stori Sydyn. The campaign in Wales is funded by the Welsh National Assembly via Basic Skills Cymru, part of the National Basic Skills Strategy.

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How do series work?

To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

Works can belong to more than one series. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.

Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title (eg., "Chronicles of Prydain (book 1)"). By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the | character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, "(0|prequel)" sorts by 0 under the label "prequel."

What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.


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