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A Fresh Start (Quick Reads)

Keith Stuart, Louise Candlish, Jojo Moyes, Sophie Kinsella, Mike Gayle, Fanny Blake, Mahsuda Snaith, Ian Rankin, Adele Parks, Mari Hannah

Reading level: Level 2, Level 1, Quick Reads

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From wronged wives to nosy neighbours, from distant dads to new-found family, from secrets to lies, fresh starts to false endings – and everything in between…

A collection of brilliant short stories from the best writers around.

This collections contains original stories from Fanny Blake, Louise Candlish, Mike Gayle, Mari Hannah, Sophie Kinsella, Jojo Moyes, Adele Parks, Ian Rankin, Mahsuda Snaith and Keith Stuart.

Discover the joy of reading with Quick Reads! Short books and great stories by bestselling authors, commissioned by The Reading Agency.

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  • Orion
  • 9781409191957
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Reader Reviews

is that time of the year again in the UK, ‘Quick Reads’ are being published and hitting the bookshelves. With a passion for reading and promoting short stories in easy to read books these series of titles are an ideal opportunity to encourage non-readers to start reading. Many authors have supported this enterprise and various genres and writing styles used to encourage something for everyone.
In “A Fresh Start” ten fine authors have been given the testing ‘homework’ to produce a very short story around the subject of new beginnings a fresh start. As with many of these titles the range of talent is such that you can find familiar authors or names you recognise and even writes previously unknown to you. In reading these books you have a good opportunity of catching a glimpse of their work and if their style suits your reading needs and motivates you to try a longer novel.
I have always taken the chance to be introduced to new writers or to read a familiar one trying something new. Not everyone can manage to carry a story in such a few words which makes the exercise even more fun.
To cram ten egos into a collection of short stories of about twelve pages each is a real achievement and shows the commitment to this project of promoting literacy.
There is something for everyone here, especially those unpractised in picking up a book. Short and fun, fully formed but demanding just a short attention span. To be read in one sitting to compare the contributors craft or a story per day. Entertaining and fun to read.
One of the best examples of Quick Reads to buy and give to someone to encourage them back into the world of storytelling. However, don’t forget to read it yourself first it is a small gem.

19 May 2021

A collection of short stories by different authors. They cover lots of different topics and people. Some of them are scary and some are funny. I loved how you didn’t know what the story would be like each time you started a new one. They were all great! If you can’t decide what to read I would recommend this book.

19 March 2020

I loved these short stories! They are quick to read and full of interesting characters. I would recommend to anyone who is not sure what to read next: there’s a bit of everything in here!

17 January 2020