Fast fiction to grab reluctant adults;Books

15th October 1999 at 01:00
An Edinburgh publisher founded to produce books for reluctant child readers is branching out into the adult market.

Barrington Stoke launches "Fast Fiction" later this month with two titles aimed at adults deterred by books they find too long or dense. The aim is short pacy stories by well known authors.The first writers, Melvin Burgess and Anthony Masters, are experienced in both adult and children's fiction. Burgess' new paperback Old Bag is set in Manchester's gangland. Masters' Stalker is a thriller about trust and distrust.

Barrington Stoke intends other initiatives to reach both prisons, where 60 per cent of inmates are reckoned to have poor levels of literacy, and organisations dealing with basic skills and dyslexia.

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