Friday, August 28, 2015

Latest news from The Bookseller

Bookshops are gearing up for a mini Super Thursday today (27th August) following the release of two big hitting titles – the fourth installment of the Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web (MacLehose Press), and Terry Pratchett’s last book The Shepherd’s Crown (Doubleday Children’s).
Initial reviews for David Lagercrantz’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web (MacLehouse), the fourth novel in the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, have been largely favourable, with the Telegraph giving the book four stars and the Guardian saying “Lagercrantz has constructed an elegant plot”.
The book centres on characters Lisbeth Salander, the hacker who gave the series’ first book its title – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – and on journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
List of the Lost
More details and the book cover for Morrissey’s novel List of the Lost have been revealed, with publisher Penguin Press describing the title as “extraordinary”.
The novel will be published in paperback on 24th September with an r.r.p of £7.99.
Morrissey has released some cryptic details about the novel, describing it as an “American tale where evil conquers good”.
A “busy and focused” Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) kicked off yesterday (26th August) with a record number of exhibitors, the biggest-ever UK contingent and many fair-goers saying the current Chinese stock market turmoil would do little to dent their future publishing plans.  

Secret Garden
Laurence King Publishing’s adult colouring book Secret Garden by Johanna Basford has sold 3 million copies in China since the book was published there on 1st June 2015, the publisher revealed at Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) today (27th August).
Fifty Shades of Grey
A woman who founded the publishing firm which initially released Fifty Shades of Grey has been ordered by a US judge to set aside $10.7m (£6.9m) for her former partner after being found guilty of defrauding her out of royalties for the book.
Australian Amanda Hayward and Jennifer Pedroza were partners in The Writers Coffee Shop, a small online publishing firm that initially issued the Fifty Shades of Grey series.
HarperCollins is to launch an interactive outdoor campaign at Westfield White City shopping centre in west London for the paperback release of psychological thriller The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne.
From 31st August to 14th September customers will be able to download a free sample of the book from the wi-fi hotspots around the Westfield Eat St site – a large interactive advertising billboard. HarperCollins said the campaign would reach 500,000 people.
Pan Macmillan has acquired a dystopian trilogy, the first draft of which was published on story writing community Wattpad, at auction for a six-figure sum.
Senior commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Slavedays and its sequels by Vic James [pictured] from Robert Kirby at United Agents.

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