Weed is the new novel in the Poison Diaries series written by the Duchess of Northumberland and published by Bloomsbury’s digital-first imprint, Bloomsbury Reader. The books are inspired by the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Northumberland. Weed, the troubled hero, journeys across the country in 19th-century England from his home in Alnwick. Weed, co-written with Hugh Sington, is released this month.
A debut comedy on sexual politics by US writer Eliza Kennedy is to be published in the UK by Jonathan Cape. I Take You is scheduled for publication in early 2015. It tells the story of a woman lawyer preparing for her wedding but finding herself unable to stop sleeping with other men. Kennedy has a law degree from Harvard and is married to author Joshua Ferris.
Stephanie de Velasco
A bestselling debut novel from Germany, Tiger Milk, is to be published in the UK in September next year by Head of Zeus. De Velasco’s novel is about two 14-year-old girls “on the loose” during a hot summer in Berlin called Tiger Milk. HoZ editorial director Laura Palmer says the author has captured what it is like being a teenager today.
Fool’s Assassin, the first of a new trilogy from Robin Hobb [below], will star two of Hobb’s most famous characters: Fitz and the Fool. HarperVoyager will publish the book in August 2014 to coincide with Hobb’s UK tour, when she will be guest of honour at science fiction convention London Worldcon.
The Dress Thief is the first of two new books from debut author Natalie Meg Evans, to be published by Quercus in July 2014. Set in Paris in the 1930s it is about a young woman, Alix, desperate to make it in the world of couture fashion, who steals designs to make extra money. The second book, The Collaborator, is set in wartime Paris and will be published in summer 2015. Cormac James
The Surfacing is set on a ship in the 1850s, searching for Franklin’s lost expedition in the Arctic. Written by Irish writer Cormac James [below], it is to be published by Sandstone Press. The voyage does not go as planned when a pregnant stowaway is discovered on board.