HarperCollins hosts Big Book 19 at the Ham Yard Hotel

People - Books Friday, 03 May 2019

Packed audience for highlights presentation

Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins CEO, introduced a packed audience of booksellers to the publisher's 2019 "Big Book" presentation, held at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. HC is the current holder of the Publisher of the Year title, and Redmayne said that he thought it should - but probably would not - win again this year; but then he will probably feel that the company is similarly deserving in 2020, having put out a publishing programme that he promised would be "the same - only better".

Even from the rigorous selection in the 45-minute, pacey video, it is only possible to mention a few titles here. A few that caught BookBrunch's attention were:

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (4th Estate, January 2020). An "era-defining novel", in the words of acquiring editor Anna Kelly, about consent.

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey (HarperFiction, February 2020). Secured at a heated auction, a new "up-lit" novel from the house (though different imprint) that brought us Eleanor Oliphant.

New Novel by AJ Finn (April 2020). Perhaps the curious story of Dan Mallory will have no effect on his alter ego's fiction career. The film of The Woman in the Window - starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, and Julianne Moore - is on the way.

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay (HQ, September). His first novel since moving from Orion "will do for elevators what Psycho did for showers".

Starfell by Dominique Valente (just published). A new, 8+ series starring misfit witch Willow Moss.

Hubert Horatio by Lauren Child (October). Out in paperback, the first in a new series by the Children's Laureate.

Chastise by Max Hastings (September). "The human story" of the Dambusters raid.

Untitled memoir by David Cameron (autumn). Who can guess how well this book will sell?

A Short History of Falling by Joe Hammond (September). Memoir by a man suffering from motor neurone disease.

Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi (October). Memoir by an Iraqi-British, Eton- and Cambridge-educated drag queen.

Greenfeast by Nigel Slater. Two books (Spring Summer, 16 May; Autumn, Winter, 3 October) of seasonal, plant-based recipes.

After the screening, guests enjoyed a lavish spread of food and drink in the company of authors Caroline Corcoran, Beth Morrey, Tracy Chevalier, David Koepp, Emma Barnett, Linwood Barclay, David Baddiel, Dominique Valente, Eoin Colfer, Marcus Wareing, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Kate Elizabeth Russell, and Nigel Slater.

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