The Reading Agency announces Quick Reads will be gifted for World Book Night 2024

12 December 2023

We’re excited to announce that copies of the six upcoming Quick Reads 2024 titles will be gifted for World Book Night 2024.

Taking place on 23 April 2024, World Book Night is aiming to create a nation of readers, with libraries across the UK applying to receive copies of life-changing Quick Reads titles to give away in partnership with local organisations. This year’s Quick Reads titles feature 6 newly published Quick Reads from leading authors including Kia Abdullah, Malorie Blackman, Matt Cain, Kit de Waal, Jo Nesbo and Karen Swan. Quick Reads aim to bring the joy and benefits of reading to everyone, including the one in six adults in the UK who struggle to read.

Publishing on 11 April, ahead of the celebrations when the books go on sale across the UK, the 36,000 copies of the 2024 Quick Reads will be gifted through libraries to reach emerging and lapsed readers in settings such as hospitals, prisons, care homes and shelters in the community. The giveaway forms a key part of The Reading Agency’s mission to tackle the adult literacy crisis and provide easy access to shorter, high-quality reads for free to help foster a love of books and reading.

In 2024, the wider public is invited to get involved in spreading the power of reading by joining in the World Book Night Reading Hour from 7pm on the day, when they can dedicate a moment to reading and books. The Reading Agency will also be launching a public fundraiser to bring the power of reading to even more people through its targeted programmes and initiatives.

Karen Napier, CEO at The Reading Agency said: “We are delighted to be gifting 36,000 copies of our brilliant new Quick Reads titles on World Book Night to help spread the joy of reading. Together, we can create a nation of readers by getting these books into the hands of people across the UK and helping them to discover the proven power of reading to entertain, connect and transform lives.”

The full line-up of 2024 Quick Read titles to be gifted are:

  • Kia Abdullah, Those People Next Door (abridged) (HQ, HarperCollins)
  • Malorie Blackman, Boys Don’t Cry (abridged) (Penguin, Penguin Random House)
  • Matt Cain, Game On (Headline, Hachette)
  • Kit de Waal, Without Warning and Only Sometimes (abridged) (Headline, Hachette)
  • Jo Nesbo, The Jealousy Man (previously published in 2021 short story collection) (Vintage, Penguin Random House)
  • Karen Swan, The Last Summer (abridged) (Pan Macmillan)


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