Lucy Diamond's A Baby at the Beach Cafe is an engaging short story follow-up to her bestselling novel The Beach Cafe.

It's a charming, accessible story written for pregnant women and young mothers who may not find themselves with much time or the confidence to read. It's perfect for expectant mums who will enjoy its hilarious narrator, Evie, and may then feel inspired to read to their own children.

Pan Macmillan Senior Commissioning Editor, Caroline Hogg spoke to us about why this Quick Read is perfect for new mums.

'This Quick Read book means so much to me, and on all sorts of levels. In terms of my day job, it’s unbelievable exciting because an author I publish is going to reach so many new fans. Once you read a Lucy Diamond novel you become hooked for life; she writes characters that feel real, from their hopes and fears to how they like their eggs. Anyone with this Quick Read in their hands is going to feel all sorts of emotions, as if it’s their best friend recounting the story on their sofa.

When I’m in my ‘mum mode’ this book takes on an extra life, because I know just how important a real level of expectation is when you have a baby. We see so many images and posts online about perfect parenting – homebaked bread and yoga poses and start up businesses run while jiggling a smiling, clean baby on one knee. Real life could not be more different!

So it can do wonders for your soul to read something that reminds you to take care of yourself, don’t run yourself ragged, accept when small things go wrong (and laugh them off, if you’re feeling really strong) and try and appreciate the small moments of happiness.

As a new mum it’s easy to always put yourself last but with this book you can take a blissful window of time to relax: you can pretend you’re on a Cornish beach with a full cream tea, even if you’re only in your kitchen, covered in pureed parsnip.'  

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Quick Reads 2016

One in six adults of working age in the UK find reading difficult and may never pick up a book. People's reasons for not reading are varied: some people say they find books intimidating, that they struggle to find the time or that books are difficult or boring.

Quick Reads sets out to challenge these beliefs and to show that books and reading can be for everyone. Each year we commission big name authors to write short books that are specifically designed to be easy to read. They are the same as mainstream books in most respects but are simply shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. The books are then sold through major retailers and online booksellers, or loaned from libraries.

Quick Reads is making real, lasting changes to people's lives. Since 2006,4.5 million books have been distributed through the initiative, 3 million library loans have been registered and through outreach work hundreds of thousands of new readers each year have been introduced to the joys and benefits of reading. Quick Reads is a unique collaboration and we are very grateful for the support of everyone involved.

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