Barbara Taylor Bradford on board for Jackie Collins relaunch

News - Fiction Thursday, 21 February 2019

Four classic Jackie Collins titles republished by S&S with introductions from high-profile author fans, including BTB

Simon & Schuster UK is publish four new-look editions of bestselling Jackie Collins novels featuring introductions from high-profile author fans.

Lucky, Thrill!, and Hollywood Wives will be re-published in ebook format, and The World Is Full of Divorced Women in both ebook and paperback. Publication day is 21 March.

The World is Full of Divorced Women will have an introduction from Veronica Henry; Thrill! from Barbara Taylor Bradford; Lucky from Jessie Burton; and Hollywood Wives from Helen Ellis.

There will be new artwork accompanying each reissue and the programme will be supported by a special launch event and celebration at Waterstones Gower Street.

Since her 1968 debut The World is Full of Married Men, Jackie Collins' books have sold in their millions in more than 40 countries and she remains one of the world's top-selling novelists. She died in September 2015 after privately battling breast cancer.

Ian Chapman, ceo of Simon & Schuster UK and International and a close friend, said: "Jackie was kind, brilliantly astute, with a wicked, mischievous sense of humour, and a consummate storyteller. She made her craft look easy, like all great practitioners. I – along with many others - miss her still and often expect to see her appear suddenly in our midst.

"Jackie was a wonderful friend, too, always there to offer advice, support and wisdom. We have long made a solemn commitment to ensure that her legacy endures and are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to republish several of her bestselling novels in a fresh and exciting way. Jackie continues to be a hugely important author on our list and we hope to welcome a new generation of readers to her fabulous work."

The launch event at Waterstones Gower Street on 21 March will feature bestselling novelist Veronica Henry, Grazia books editor and author Alexandra Heminsley who worked with Collins in the early 2000s and Crystal Rasmussen, journalist and author of Diary of a Drag Queen (Ebury). Tickets for the event are now available online. More relaunched titles with author fan intros are planned.

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