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Richard and Judy Competition Shortlist Announcement

Richard and Judy, publishing company Bonnier Zaffre and WHSmith are excited to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Search for a Bestseller Competition. After an overwhelming number of entries, Richard and Judy and their team of judges have completed the in-depth and exciting selection process, picking a shortlist that includes crime, psychological thrillers, women’s fiction and historical fiction. The eight debut authors will now compete for a £50,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and specialist advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton. Richard and Judy commented: ‘We're hugely excited to now have our eight-strong shortlist - and what a shortlist it… More

Exclusive First Chapter of 'Little Bones' by Sam Blake

    The door to the back bedroom hung open. Pausing at the top of the narrow wooden stairs, Garda Cathy Connolly could just see inside, could see what looked like the entire contents of the wardrobe flung over the polished floorboards, underwear scattered across the room like litter. The sun, winter weak, played through a window opposite the door, its light falling on something cream, illuminating it bright against the dark denim and jewel colours of the tumbled clothes on the floor. Cathy’s stomach turned again and she closed her eyes, willing the sickness to pass. There was a… More

Benet Brandreth at Bookslam

Our amazing Benet Brandreth, author of THE SPY OF VENICE (out in hardback March 24th) performed at the <a href="http://bookslam viagra au pharmacie" target="_blank">Samuel Pepys Book Slam special at the National Maritime Museum at the end of January. Brandreth, who went to the same school and college as Samuel Pepys, asked can you be a great man only if you’re a good one? It is an apposite question of both the celebrated diarist (successful, witty, vile to his wife, sexually predatory) and a certain William Shakespeare – hero of Brandreth’s novel. Brandreth performed a fantastic talk and shared the stage with the likes… More

The Winners of our Open Submissions Month

Twenty7 is the major new publishing venture from Bonnier, devoted specifically to publishing debut authors across all fiction genres. Twenty7 is dedicated to finding new talent and for the first 27 days of September 2015, it was was open to unagented submissions, with the support of Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. 462 submissions were received which have been expertly narrowed down to just five manuscripts. They have been selected as the submissions with the most potential and all five authors will receive an editorial consultation, with the aim of providing focused guidance and support as they develop their narratives as well as the… More


Still needing some inspiration for the last batch of Christmas shopping? Our wonderful Twenty7 debut authors share what they’d like for Christmas, and there’s a bonus pick from our publisher too! Of course, if you want to treat yourself to a pre-Christmas treat, their wonderful debuts are all available now in ebook.                Tanya Ravenswater – author of uplifting coming-of-age tale Jacques I recently saw the film Suite Française (with Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenhaerts, Kirsten Scott Thomas) and was both captivated and haunted by the story with its poignant central romance, set during German occupation of France in… More

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