Saturday, January 13, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

Indie bookshops are kicking off 2018 with confidence after the majority reported sales rises over the Christmas period, but some have urged publishers to take more risks and work harder to build authors into brands this year.
Haslemere Display
Fire and Fury fever has gripped retailers across the UK as thousands of copies of Michael Wolff's controversial exposé of president Donald Trump finally hit shop floors yesterday.
Paul Currie
Foyles’ sales were marginally up in value terms in December, despite the mini-chain being hit by a drop in footfall, which it said was a result of adverse weather and roadworks outside its flagship branch on Charing Cross Road in London.
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has penned a new novel, Flamingo Boy (HarperCollins Children's Books), inspired by his autistic grandson.
George Walkley
George Walkley, formerly Hachette UK’s head of digital, has been appointed digital and development director.
EL James’ Darker has once again roped in the Weekly E-Book Ranking number one, with the title spending a fifth consecutive week at the peak.

Linda Grant
Orange Prize-winner Linda Grant has been shortlisted for the £4,000 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for her book The Dark Circle (Virago).
Elly Griffiths
Quercus is publishing crime writer Elly Griffiths’ first standalone title, The Stranger Diaries, in November 2018.
Jenny Savill
Jenny Savill has been appointed to Andrew Nurnberg Associates' board of directors. 
Mary's Monster
Wren & Rock, an imprint of Hachette Children’s Group, is marking next month’s 200th anniversary of Frankenstein with a book about Mary Shelley.
Gui Minhai
London-based Iranian e-publisher Azadeh​ Parsapour and missing Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai have been shortlisted for the 2018 Prix Voltaire, which rewards "exemplary courage in upholding the freedom to publish and in enabling others to exercise their right to freedom of expression".
Emily Burns
Bonnier Zaffre's head of PR, Emily Burns, is leaving the company on 9th February 2018 to open her own PR and communications agency, BrandHive.

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