New books coming soon

Margaret Drabble
Margaret Drabble’s latest novel, The Dark Flood, described as ‘dark and glittering’, will be published in the UK in November by Canongate.

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The Dark Flood is a novel about death and what constitutes a ‘good death’. We follow Francesca Stubbs through drinks with dear friends, taking meals to her infirm ex-husband Claude, and visits to her daughter Poppet in the West Country.

Read this fascinating interview with Drabble, published in The Paris Review.

Michelle Frances
The Girlfriend, the debut psychological thriller by BBC drama development executive Michelle Frances, will be published in the UK by Pan Macmillan next spring. Described as the perfect book club read, The Girlfriend a relentless thriller about subtle sabotage, retaliation, jealousy and fear. The chilling focus is on the mother/son/daughter-in-law relationship. The mother is Laura who has a successful career and a long marriage to a rich husband. The son is 23-year-old Daniel, kind, handsome. The girlfriend is Cherry. Laura suspects Cherry is bad news. The catalyst for the drama is one lie.

Sarah Schmidt
Tinder Press is to publish See What I Have Done by debut author Sarah Schmidt, a re-telling of the Lizzie Borden story. Borden [below] was an American woman who was tried and acquitted for the axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892.

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Debut author Schmidt, a librarian from Melbourne, Australia, read about Lizzie Borden story by chance in a second-hand bookshop. “In 2005 I had no idea that the ratty pamphlet about Lizzie Borden that I found in a second-hand bookstore would become a haunting experience. For over 10 years I’ve been writing this weird little novel about a dysfunctional family wondering if it would ever be published.” See What I Have Done will be published in spring 2017.

For more about Schmidt and her fascination with Lizzie Borden, visit her website.

Tom Malmquist
The debut novel by Swedish poet Tom Malmquist will be published by Sceptre in the UK. It will be translated by Henning Koch. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive tells the story of his pregnant wife, Karin, her diagnosis with leukaemia and subsequent death. Malmquist then has to raise their daughter, Livia, on his own. It was first published in Sweden in August 2015 in Sweden where it won the Dagens Nyheter Cultural Prize, Malmquist was the first ever novelist to win the award.

In Every Moment We Are Still Alive will be published in 2017.

Hazel Gaynor
An as yet unnamed novel by historical novelist Hazel Gaynor [below] will be published by HarperCollins in spring 2017. A blend of fact and fiction, it tells the story of the two young cousins who created the Cottingley Fairy photographs that fooled the world post-World War One, and the present day woman who set out to discover what really happened 100 years ago.

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Gaynor is the author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home – A Novel of the Titanic, which won the RNA Historical Romantic Novel Award of the Year in 2015.

new booksGaynor’s latest novel, The Girl from the Savoy, will be published this summer by HarperCollins. Read more about Hazel Gaynor’s other novels at her website.

Talulah Riley
The fiction debut by actress director Talulah Riley [below], Acts of Love, will be published in August by Hodder & Stoughton. new booksH&S will publish a second novel at a later date. Acts of Love is about Bernadette, a journalist who has built her career on her talent for lulling powerful men into a false sense of security, then exposing them in her ruthless profile pieces. But in Radley Blake, she may have met her match.

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