Top Names Line up for Quick Reads

23 Feb 2009

Are you too busy to sit down with a long novel, or do you find yourself easily distracted in the middle of a book? Maybe you have trouble picking up a book at all or haven’t had the time or the energy to pick one up for years? This year, the popular  Quick Reads  series has something to appeal to everyone with eight new titles published, four in Welsh and four in English, to coincide with Quick Reads Week held in Wales between 23 and 28 February. With all the books in the series priced at a credit-crunch defying  £1.99, it’s a chance to pick up a good read at a great price.

The Quick Read series in Wales is a joint venture between Basic Skills Cymru and the Welsh Books Council and is funded through the National Basic Skills Strategy for Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Toni Schiavone from Basic Skills Cymru said, "We are very proud again this year to be able to publish eight new titles from Wales in the Quick Reads series, each one of them a great read. The series offers good quality books which are suitable for readers of all levels, including those who wish to improve their skills."  

The English titles offer four very different reads, including a love story from Catrin Collier, the autobiographies of footballer Andy Legg and swimmer David Davies, and the gritty true life stories of inmates from a south Wales prison.

In  Alive and Kicking  footballer Andy Legg talks about his footballing career and how his life was turned upside down by cancer twice. The life of the swimming sensation from Barry, David Davies is captured in  In at the Deep End, From Barry to Beijing,  as he explains how his interest in swimming as a child turned into an Olympic dream becoming a reality at the Beijing Games in 2008.

If it’s love stories that interest you, then let Catrin Collier take you back to 1911 and to Tonypandy where a young Welsh girl and an Irish worker battle against the odds to be together. The fourth title is a collection of true life stories by inmates at Parc Prison, Bridgend as they recount their lives and the events that lead them all to the same fate.

Hazel Cushion, managing director of publishers Accent Press, said: "I am inspired to be working with such great authors. As someone who suffers with dyslexia, I’m a great believer in Quick Reads and the work they do in getting people to pick up a book. I anticipate that this year’s will be as popular as our previous titles."

The four Welsh titles delve into the dark side of murder and murderers in Wales offer a glimpse into the past, and a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of two well-known Welsh sports personalities.

Y Gwaethaf o’r Gwaethaf (The Worst of the Worst)  is a chilling account of the north Wales serial killer Peter Moore as well as the murder of Lynette White that led to one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in Wales;  Bywyd yn y Coalhouse: Y Teulu Griffiths (Life in the Coalhouse: The Griffiths Family)  follows Cerdin and Debra Griffith and their children Steffan, Angharad and Gethin as they travel back in time to 1927 as part of the popular BBC television series,  Coal House.  The life and career of the young footballer Owain Tudur Jones from Bangor who plays for Swansea is captured in  Fyny Gyda’r Swans (Up with the Swans),  whilst  Ar Ben y Byd (On top of the World)  follows the life and career of Ospreys and Wales winger, Shane Williams, including last year’s triumphs and winning IRB Player of the Year 2008.

Lefi Gruffudd from Y Lolfa said, "The Quick Reads series has something for everyone and has developed from year to year to offer exceptional quality reads. Y  Rhwyd (The Net),  published in 2007 has already been adapted for the small screen and this year we are very proud to publish a book about the fantastic accomplishments of Shane Williams to coincide with the Six Nations Championships."

Delyth Humphreys from the Welsh Book Council added: "The books in the Quick Reads series is a great addition to the collection available to reluctant readers. The stories are a short, sharp read that will be of interest to all. They are excellently written by experienced writers and the Welsh titles are warmly welcomed by Welsh learners keen to practice their reading."

To celebrate the launch of the new Quick Reads a series of events are being held across Wales between February 23 and 28, 2009.

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