Despite only being released a few months ago on June 4, Bill Clinton’s first novel has managed to sell over 1 million copies in North America alone. Co-written with James Patterson, The President is Missing is a thriller which sees the President go undercover after a devastating cyber attack. The novel is Clinton’s first work of fiction and was no doubt helped by having such a prolific co-author on board.
As Detroit News reports, reviews for the book have been mixed but Sessalee Hensley, Barnes & Noble fiction buyer, stated that the book has benefited from “very strong” word of mouth. “In a summer marked by nonfiction successes, this novel has proven to have remarkable legs,” Hensley said.
The novel’s plot is certainly one that resonates with today’s current events. Cyber security against hackers is a major concern for nations across the world and it’s little wonder that a thriller which tackles such a topic has sparked an interest from the public. The NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the hardcover and paperback market, has stated The President is Missing is easily the year’s biggest fiction seller and the only fiction work to crack the top 10 of the best-sellers overall for 2018. The Nonfiction chart is equally political, with releases such as Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff and A Higher Loyalty by James Comey attracting the most sales.
It’s also worth noting that Bill Clinton has now sold over 1 million books in both the fiction and nonfiction markets with The President is Missing and his biography My Life.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!
When the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City was opened in March 1990, it was declared “the eighth wonder of the world” by the owner. Despite the fact it was in deep debt before it had even opened, Donald Trump declared it the saviour of Atlantic City. Unfortunately the insurmountable debt would never be overcome, and Trump’s promises were unfounded. The casinos went from employing thousands and bringing in a third of the city’s gambling revenues to being accused of money laundering and being prepared for demolition. The city soon became a ghost town when the casinos collapsed under the weight of their own unsustainable economics, and many who helped set it up have still not been paid for their work.
The book will be published worldwide in several languages and is due for release in September of this year.
As well as songwriting, Mitchell is an artist in other ways. Her poetry, drawings, and paintings are soon to be released to the public in a brand new anthology. The book, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, is a must-have for Joni Mitchell fans as it includes hand-written lyrics and paintings. The anthology was created originally as a Christmas gift for close friends and family in the year her album Blue topped the charts.