Wales's Quick Reads 2016 titles announced!

Welsh Books Council

Wales's Quick Reads 2016 titles announced! - 22 February 2016

The 2016 Quick Reads titles, published by Accent Press and Y Lolfa, are to be announced with books by sports broadcaster Dylan Ebenezer, popular Welsh-language novelist Geraint Evans, award-winning writer and journalist Horatio Clare and sports writer Jos Andrews. It is a diverse selection that will hopefully appeal to those who aren’t that keen on reading. Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis, will officially launch the titles at Yr Oriel in the National Assembly building on Thursday, 25 February.

The Quick Reads series this year sees three generations of Welsh rugby heroes talking about their relationships with their fathers, both on and off the pitch; as well as a novel about a girl who is raped and decides she will take matters into her own hands. Another book will follow a young soldier who falls in love with a music journalist but whose inability to read and write hinders his new relationship. The final book is based on the story of the Wales football team as it travels Europe hoping to bury disappointment, pain and failure.

There will be four new titles published this year as part of the initiative that celebrates its tenth anniversary, two in Welsh and two in English. 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, gripping books available from libraries, bookshops and online for just £1.

The 2016 titles will be available at the end of February:  Y Gosb – Geraint Evans;  Gorau Chwarae Cydchwarae – Dylan Ebenezer;  The Paratrooper's Princess – Horatio Clare; and  Rugby Dads – Jos Andrews.

Angharad Tomos, from the Welsh Books Council, said:

'Quick Reads are short, snappy books with fewer than 100 pages each, and are 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 for all.'

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