Roddy Doyle has become the first Man Booker Prize winner to write a Quick Reads title, Dead Man Talking. Doyle was shortlisted for the prestigious award in 1991 for The Van, and eventually took the top prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
The other Quick Reads stories include Paris for One by Jojo Moyes, Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen by Sophie Hannah, Red for Revenge by Fanny Blake, Out of the Dark by Adèle Geras, and Street Cat Bob by James Bowen.
Doyle commented: “I’m delighted to be involved with Quick Reads as they are all about creating new readers and I’ve seen at first-hand how low levels of literacy have a negative effect on people’s lives. Literacy is the key to opening doors for everyone.
“I started to write a story about a man who was pretending to be dead. But as I wrote, it changed and I realised I was writing about death. I wanted the story to be funny and a bit frightening because, while it’s often frightening, death is rarely funny – and I wanted the challenge.”
In the past, Bernardine Evaristo has penned the tale of gang violence outside a chip shop Hello Mum, and John Boyne has written The Dare about a mother who knocks down a little boy.
The six Quick Reads will be released on 5 February next year.