If 2020’s UK print book sales were buoyant, the first half of 2021 looks to have been still better—as far as can be deduced given the data gaps caused by lockdown.
Graeme Macrae Burnet was picked out by the literary spotlight when his second novel, His Bloody Project, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2016. Published by small indie Saraband, it tells of a brutal triple murder in the remote Scottish Highlands in 1869 via witness statements, a memoir written by the accused and a documentary account of the trial. While critics praised the “experimental narrative structure...
Newly recruited Virago publishing director Anna Kelly has made her first acquisition for the imprint with Harvard student Becca Rothfeld’s debut essay collection All Things Are Too Small.
New indie publisher Manderley Press is publishing a series of forgotten or out-of-print books inspired by buildings, houses, places or landmarks, starting with Robert Louis Stevenson's Edinburgh with an introduction from Alexander McCall Smith.
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Penguin Michael Joseph has signed a collection of interconnected stories from bestselling crime author Tim Weaver.
Fourth Estate has pre-empted a "stunning and ambitious" debut novel by prize-winning poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers that chronicles the journey of multiple generations of one American family, from the centuries of the colonial slave trade through the Civil War to the present day.
Transworld has won a six-way auction for That Peckham Boy by Kenny Imafidon, a "personal manifesto exploring what it means to be young, Black and poor in the city".