The Best Short Books To Read This Year

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  • If you’ve got out of the habit of reading or can’t face a long novel, these short books – Quick Reads – are just the thing for you. But what are Quick Reads? They’re pocket-sized short books specially written by bestselling writers, for people who are time poor and just want a quick fix of a favourite author or a taster of someone they may not have tried before. These six short books are a terrific selection of entertaining stories that show off the spread of the series as well as the high quality
    of the writers involved. The latest batch is out now – see which books made the cut below…

    This year’s line-up features:

    Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman (Ebury). Four people take off for Cornwall to find the Poldark set and, even more importantly, the star of the show himself. A fabulous and funny roadtrip of a novel.

    The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig (Little Brown) A boy is chased off the estate where he lives and holes up in a garden square. An imaginative and gripping retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

    One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder)
    Will Hayley find the stolen money before it’s too late? This heart-pounding thriller, set on the Devil’s Estate in East London, challenges you to put it down.

    Dead Simple edited by Harry Bingham
    Eight chilling short stories from eight crime writers at the top of their game, including Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh and CL Taylor.

    A Very Different Shore by Jenny Colgan (Sphere) Will Saif, a
    refugee doctor, be able to make his home on a remote Scottish island
    where strangers are looked at with suspicion. A romantic, escapist read.


    Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers A specially abridged version of the classic self-help book, which was designed to build confidence.

    Galaxy® Quick Reads is an annual campaign run by The Reading Agency to get more people reading more often.

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