Quick Reads 2015

13 Mar 2015

30 minutes reading a week can improve your life!

The 2015 Quick Reads in Wales titles were launched Monday, 16 March, at Cardiff’s Pierhead Building by Huw Lewis AM, the Minister for Education and Skills.

Research undertaken by the Quick Reads campaign has revealed that those who read for just 30 minutes per week are 20% more likely to be satisfied with their lives. This year’s bite-sized Quick Reads books have been penned by a range of interesting characters, including former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas and sports commentator Jason Mohammad, whose titles sit alongside those by Siân James MP and the ever-popular Welsh-language author Bethan Gwanas.

The research report, produced by the University of Liverpool, found that readers are 21% less likely to report feelings of depression and 10% more likely to report feelings of self-esteem, compared with non-readers, thus equipping them with a greater ability to cope with the stresses of everyday life.

As many as 42% of the UK’s 16 million lapsed readers cited lack of time as their main reason for not picking up a book. Of further concern was the finding that 1.2 million UK adults have stopped reading altogether as a result of some form of depression. Conversely, the report goes on to show that readers are less likely to experience feelings of depression if they read for as little as 30 minutes a week.  

With one in three adults in the UK now choosing not to read for pleasure, the Quick Reads campaign is calling on lapsed and non-readers to consider the wider benefits to their health and wellbeing of picking up a book and starting to read.  The Quick Read titles are just that  – short, entertaining books to get you back into the swing of reading. With each title being only 80 pages long, we’ve got something to suit all tastes  – from romance to sport, and biographies and history to murder mysteries. And as an extra bonus, each one costs just  £1!

Education Minister, Huw Lewis said:  "Reading has so many benefits and can help to reduce stress levels, improve memory recall and widen our vocabularies. However sadly many people either never really read or get out of the habit or reading in adult life.
 
"I am delighted to be launching this latest series of Quick Reads. They are concise, affordable, written by a range of well known voices and ultimately aimed at encouraging people right across Wales to take some time out to read.
 
"Improving literacy remains one of my key priorities as Education Minister so I am delighted that the Welsh Government is able to continue providing financial support to this important initiative."

English Titles

Captain Courage by Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas, one of Wales’s greatest rugby players, was well-known for his fearless attitude on the field. He was the first international rugby player to come out as gay, and in Captain Courage Thomas, building on his own experiences, gives practical tips on how to overcome personal fears.

Cwtch Me If You Can by Beth Reekles
Alex considers herself to be a romantic type, but when her boyfriend breaks up with her, she  – heartbroken and angry – swears off all guys. Easier said than done – especially when a handsome stranger comes to her aid!

My Sporting Heroes by Jason Mohammad
Having covered some of the world’s biggest sporting events, Jason Mohammad now turns his attention to some of his Welsh sporting heroes, including Mark Hughes, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Sam Warburton.

Code Black by Tom Anderson
It is winter 2013/14, and the UK is suffering under the impact of six enormous storms. Nationwide, chaos ensues  – but one group of maverick Welsh surfers decide to take to brave the storms and tackle the sea head-on.

Welsh Titles

Bryn y Crogwr by Bethan Gwanas
A thrilling horror story by the popular author about a tree surgeon who has some strange experiences whilst treating an old oak tree that dates back to the time of the Owain Glyndŵr revolt. What is the tree trying to tell him?

Ar dy Feic by Phil Stead
A general introduction to cycling, together with the cycling experiences of author Phil Stead around Wales and France, outlining how cycling has helped him to overcome difficulties.

O’r Llinell Biced i San Steffan by Siân James and Alun Gibbard
The fascinating journey of Siân James who played a key role in the 1980s miners' strike, as seen in the recent film Pride, winner of the BAFTA Award for the Best British Film. We follow Siân from the picket line to her election as MP for Swansea at the 2005 general election.

Cymru a’r Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf by Gwyn Jenkins and Gareth William Jones
A concise history of the Welsh during the First World War. There are vivid descriptions of battles, such as the battle of the Somme, and descriptions of life on the home front, which  – though far from the fighting  – was nevertheless greatly affected by the war.

Grab a Quick Reads book at bookshops across Wales for just £1 or call into your local library.

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