Quick Reads announces 2021 titles

To celebrate international literacy day on Tuesday 8 September The Reading Agency are revealing the covers of the six new Quick Reads that will be published on 27 May 2021. 

Quick Reads 2021

With 1 in 6 adults in the UK finding reading difficult Quick Reads are important for supporting adults to read for pleasure and positively impact confidence, communication, literacy and mental health.

The 2021 Quick Reads have been written by Caitlin Moran, Peter James, Khurrum Rahman, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Louise Candlish and Katie Fforde


From dark domestic noir and compelling crime to family drama and feminist manifesto, the transformative titles publishing on 27 May 2021 are great reads showcasing the very best in contemporary writing and are available for just £1 at bookshops and free to borrow from libraries, colleges, prisons, trade unions, hospitals and adult learning organisations across the UK.

  • The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Atlantic)
  • The Skylight by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster)
  • Saving the Day by Katie Fforde (Arrow)
  • Wish You Were Dead by Peter James (Macmillan)
  • How to Be a Woman, abridged by Caitlin Moran (Ebury)
  • The Motive by Khurrum Rahman (HQ)

Quick Reads are written both for regular readers and less confident, lapsed and emerging readers. They’re used in a range of settings including colleges, prisons, workplace learning, homeless shelters. Over 80,000 Quick Reads have been distributed so far in 2020 and over 5 million since 2006. 


Fanny Blake, Quick Reads Commissioning Editor, said:

We are extremely proud to share the fabulous jackets for Quick Reads 2021. We could not be more grateful to the authors and publishers for their support of this invaluable programme. As we look forward to this next exceptional instalment of Quick Reads titles, it is easy to forget that without the generous gift of three years financial support from Jojo Moyes, Quick Reads would not have been relaunched, next year's titles would not exist, and thousands of readers would not have picked up a copy of these life-changing books.

It's crucial that we find a way of ensuring that Quick Reads are here to stay. They provide entertaining, compelling, first-class storytelling that changes lives through reading."

Earlier this year unionlearn produced “Ready to Read – Promoting the use of Quick Reads in the workplace” which explored benefits of reading and offers a wide range of ideas and tips on how to develop reading activities in the workplace.

Unionlearn also has a supply of recent Quick Reads which it can send out to union learning reps, learning centres and branches to support workplace reading.

To order copies please email [email protected] with the delivery address and the number of copies you'd like.