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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 is! We can’t wait to read the finished debut novels, select our ‘search for a bestseller’ competition winner and introduce readers to a fantastic new writer.’   The shortlisted entries A Lesser Sin by Caz Frear Acting Mysterious by Laura Stewart Deep Water by Gail Egan Eighteen Exhibits by Laura Foakes First Person Singular by Heather Ranby Hard Play by Asia Mackay Rip Her To Shreds by Alison Percival September by Honoria Beirne   The winner of the £50,000 publishing
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Posted 30 Jun 2016
By Shane Hegarty

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 riot of smells up here, beeswax, ghostly layers of stale perfume, something musty. She put her gloved hand to her mouth and the smell of the latex, like nails on a blackboard, set her teeth on edge. Until thirty-six hours ago Cathy had been persuading herself that her incredibly heightened sense of smell and queasiness were the start of a bug. Some bug. But right now her problems were something she didn’t have the headspace to deal with. She had
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Posted 09 May 2016
By Shane Hegarty

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 maroc.com/events/125/book-slam-samuel-pepys-special” 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 of Will Self, Felicity Ward, Nikita Lalwani and Chaps Choir.

Posted 08 Feb 2016
By Shane Hegarty

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 chance to have their manuscript considered for publication. The titles which have been selected for feedback are: The Residents by C.J. Tudor (thriller) Blue Gloves on a String by Eleanor O’Reilly (reading group) The Husband Shop by Jaimie Admans (women’s fiction) No Place by Katharine D’Souza (women’s fiction) Unlawful Things by Anna Sayburn Lane (thriller) Twenty7 editor, Joel Richardson comments: ‘We really enjoyed reading all of your submissions – and the incredible variety of ideas, characters, and styles which came flooding in. Thank you
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Posted 22 Jan 2016
By Shane Hegarty

THE BOOK I MOST WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

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 the 1940s. Irène Némirovsky’s novel which inspired the film is on my wish list. Should have read the book first, but better late than never!   Rebecca Thornton – author of the blackly gripping The Exclusives My choice is Shtum by Jem Lester. I’ve seen so much about this book on social media and although it’s not out yet, I’m desperate to get my hands on a proof copy (anyone?!). It looks like it has real heart and depth and
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Posted 18 Dec 2015
By Shane Hegarty

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Posted 03 Nov 2015
By Shane Hegarty

The Novice Novelist – Twenty7 Open Submissions

Looking for inspiration for our 27 Days of Open Submissions, which we’re running in association with Cornerstones? Author Colette Dartford describes what she learned about writing in the course of producing her wonderful debut novel, Learning to Speak American. Like all authors with Twenty7 Books, I am debut novelist. Learning To Speak American will be published as an e-book on November 5th and as a paperback next July. And if you are reading this as part of the ‘27 days of open submissions,’ you probably harbour aspirations of being a published author too. You daydream about that elusive book deal and as someone who has been in that position, I’m happy to report that it’s both possible and wonderful. What inspired me to write my first novel was a trip to California’s idyllic Napa Valley. My husband and I were so smitten that we bought a run-down wooden house and spent the next two years travelling back and forth from Somerset to oversee its renovation. My protagonists in Learning To Speak American do this too, desperate to move on from a
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Posted 25 Sep 2015
By Shane Hegarty

27 Days of Open Submissions

We’re so pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting 27 days of open submissions for new titles, in association with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy viagra a acheter. Starting September 1st 2015, we’ll be accepting submissions from authors without agents, in the hunt for the next bestselling debut author. The open submissions will close midnight on Sunday 27th September. At least five winners will be announced in January, and will receive editorial feedback as well as the chance to have their finished manuscript considered for publication. Entrants will be required to send in a one page pitch for their manuscript, plus the first 5,000 words. The novel itself does not have to be finished at the point of submission and all fiction genres will be considered, although the winning manuscripts will all have the potential to be a mass-market bestseller for adults. It must be a debut novel, with the entrant having never been published in print before, or had a deal with a traditional publisher. All of the entries will be read by either a Twenty7 editor or a member of the team
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Posted 21 Aug 2015
By Shane Hegarty

THE HIDDEN LEGACY Cover Reveal

Today we’ve got a brand new cover to share with you! And to introduce The Hidden Legacy, author Graham Minett has written a short introduction to explain the process behind the creation of the story and the cover. I started writing The Hidden Legacy as part of my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, from which it went on to win a national competition for the opening chapters of a novel by an unpublished author. It follows the attempts of Ellen Sutherland – recently divorced mother of two small children and successful businesswoman – to make sense of an apparently inexplicable bequest. When she hears she is to inherit a cottage, her immediate reaction is one of disbelief. She has never heard of Eudora Nash and has, as far as she is aware, never even visited the Cotswolds, let alone the village of Oakham. But Eudora clearly had her own reasons for choosing Ellen, who is not the sort of person to accept her good fortune without digging for explanations. Driven on by her desperate need to
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Posted 12 Aug 2015
By Shane Hegarty

Debut Book of the Month: June – Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Obviously, you’ve all anxiously been awaiting our next debut book of the month, which as we announced on Twitter is UNRAVELLING OLIVER by Liz Nugent, published by Penguin. And luckily, this is a book that’s worth waiting for. This is a psychological drama that begins with an incident of domestic violence, which opens with the chillingly brilliant first line: ‘I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.’ The speaker is Oliver Ryan, a successful children’s author with the appearance of a happy marriage to Alice, and the novel slowly reveals the darkness that lies behind his supposedly model life. Unravelling Oliver is brilliant in so many ways. Across the novel we encounter a broad cast of characters who have known Oliver across his life, and each voice is totally convincing. From Alice’s ex-boyfriend Barney who bitterly regrets letting her be stolen by Oliver to the French host of Oliver’s seminal summer working on a French vineyard, the author perfectly captures the dialect and the personality of each individual. The only regret, in such a short novel,
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Posted 12 Jun 2015
By Shane Hegarty