David Walliams is fast becoming one of Britain’s most popular children’s authors, leading the Christmas market for several years now. This November the author and comedian has two books out, a novel about an ice monster in Victorian times and a picture book about a baby penguin who wants to fly.
The Ice Monster is out in hardback on 6th November and is likely to be a Christmas bestseller. The novel is about a girl in Victorian London who hears about the arrival of a mysterious ice monster and is desperate to find out more. Walliams said he had a lot of fun writing the novel, which has a full cast including Queen Victoria herself.
Geronimo is a picture book and therefore aimed at smaller children and is about a baby penguin who is simply desperate to fly, despite the fact that penguins are flightless. Geronimo will be released on 15th November.
Walliams is really finding his place as a popular children’s author and has sold 13.9 million books to date. His 2017 bestseller Bad Dad was his first Christmas number one and has sold more than three quarters of a million copies. Walliams’ top selling title is still Gangsta Granny, which has sold £7.9 million worth to date.
Anyone familiar with Bryson’s writing will know that this book will bring us interesting facts in his own unique and charismatic voice. The book will be a successor to Bryson’s 2010 book A Short History of Nearly Everything and will help readers “understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up”, according to a press release from the publisher.
In May this year, Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is publishing an exciting new re-write of Shelley’s gothic tale. Written by Jeanette Winterson, of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit fame, the new book is titled Frankissstein. A love story set in a Brexit Britain, Frankissstein features a young transgender doctor called Ry who is falling in love with Victor Stein, a professor leading the debate surrounding artificial intelligence (AI). Read More
We Are Displaced was released on 8th January and is already reported to be selling well and on sale in many countries in the world already including the UK, US and India.
Called Grand Union, the collection will include ten brand new short stories as well as several of her best previously published stories. As The Book Seller reports, Grand Union will weave old and new stories together and, as Smith’s publisher states, will offer “a wise, playful and richly varied portrait of the world as seen by the one and only Zadie Smith”.
The sequel to Fletcher’s debut novel will be called The Chirstmasaurus and the Winter Witch and will be written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Shane Devries. The events in the book take place one year after the first book when William Trundle is swept back into the North Pole where he meets the Winter Witch.
According to publisher Viking, the novel follows a 26-year-old “solitary” man who, “in a desperate attempt to resist the new political turbulence swirling around him, makes connections that will take him down a very dangerous path.” Agent Running will be Le Carré’s 25th novel and is set to be released next year in October.