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.
The novel by Ann-Marie Howell is set in 1916 and is about a 12-year-old girl called Clara, who is sent to stay with her Aunt and Uncle at Gardener’s Cottage in the grounds of a sprawling country estate. Clara is soon to discover all the secrets the grounds hold including a locked room, a hidden key and a boy who only appears after dark.
Blood Queen will be released later this year and will tell the story of Lady Macbeth and will be the first book in a series on the queens made famous by the Bard.
Thomas, who is affectionately known as “G” will tell his story about how he came to Tour de France success, a tale of broken bones, crashes and bad luck that ended with glory in France in July. Quercus publishing says that The Tour According to G is the inside story of one of the most thrilling and heart-warming tales in sport and the narrative will be filled with Thomas’ words and insight into the race and the key characters that surround him.
Two decades after the release of Chocolat comes The Strawberry Thief, the fourth book in the series. The novel will feature protagonist Vianne Rocher in the French town of Lansquenet and will be published in hardback, paperback, eBook and audio in April of next year. Pre-order links aren’t yet available but we’ll update once the book is on sale.
On July 23rd a new collection of stories inspired by the classic was published. I am Heathcliff is available in hard cover and for Audible now and we have an excerpt for you to listen to today.