Gareth Thomas captains Wales’s Quick Reads 2015 titles

Welsh Books Council

Gareth Thomas captains Wales’s Quick Reads 2015 titles - 11 December 2014
Gareth Thomas captains Wales’s Quick Reads 2015 titles

Fresh from the success of his autobiography Proud, the former Wales rugby captain is among the eight authors revealed today as the names behind the 2015 Quick Reads titles.

"I’m thrilled to be involved with Quick Reads. I have always been passionate about increasing people’s confidence, and the books really do have a positive influence on readers’ lives." Gareth Thomas

With one in six adults still struggling to read , the Quick Reads campaign aims to break down barriers and get Wales reading by producing short, snappy books available from libraries, bookshops and online for just  £1.

The latest books in the series will be available from the end of February 2015:

English Titles (Accent Press)
Gareth Thomas  – Captain Courage
Beth Reekles  – Cwtch Me If You Can
Tom Anderson  – Code Black
Jason Mohammad  – My Sporting Heroes

Welsh Titles (Y Lolfa)
Siân James gydag Alun Gibbard  – O’r Llinell Biced i San Steffan
Bethan Gwanas  – Bryn y Crogwr
Phil Stead  – Ar Dy Feic
Gwyn Jenkins  – Cymru a’r Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf

In Captain Courage, Thomas uses his own experiences to explain overcoming personal fears. His book will stand alongside a romance novel by Wattpad sensation Beth Reekles; a surfing adventure set during the 2014 storms by novelist and surfer Tom Anderson, and a personal account of some Welsh sporting heroes by BBC Sports commentator Jason Mohammad.

The Welsh Stori Sydyn titles will consist of a horror story from popular author Bethan Gwanas; a personal account of the miners’ strike, 30 years on, by Siân James MP; an overview of Wales and the First World War by historian Gwyn Jenkins, and Phil Stead’s intriguing look at the world of cycling and his own personal journey on two wheels.

Angharad Tomos, from the Welsh Books Council, noted:  "Quick Reads are just that —short, snappy books with fewer than 100 pages each, especially written for people who wish to improve their skills and confidence around reading. By taking a bite-sized approach to reading we aim to overcome any confidence issues and show that reading can be a fun and inspiring activity."

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