British Bake Off Winner Nadiya Hussain Publishes First Novel

By January 11, 2017New Releases, News

No one had heard of Nadiya Hussain until she won the Great British Bake Off last year, and since then she’s been taken to the nation’s heart with her own television show, and now a debut novel!

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters was published today and is available now, and follows the story of three sisters of Bangladeshi heritage who live in a small village in England. Writing novels is a far cry from baking but the novel sounds like an interesting reflection of modern British life and is likely to be a best seller.

It’s been reported that Nadiya Hussain has a deal for three novels so if you like this one then you can expect more from the author who has taken to the limelight like a duck to water!

The baker turned author was on BBC Radio 2 today talking about the novel and the things she uses for inspiration. Nadiya says she carries a notebook around with her and blames her father for the most comical lines in the book. She certainly comes across as funny and gregarious but marks The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters as drama rather than comedy.

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters is available from Wednesday 11th January and given the author’s success since her Bake Off win last year we’ll be very surprised if it’s not a resounding success!

New PD James Stories Coming This Autumn

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When we lost PD James back in 2014, a world of crime lovers mourned, the author was the Queen of Crime, without a doubt and those who loved her will be thrilled to hear there are new stories coming this October.

Sleep No More is a new collection of short stories from the late author to be released just in time for the Christmas market. The six short stories all have a motive of revenge and vengence and will be published by Faber later this year. From unhappy marriages to bullying schoolmasters, this collection will have it all. Read More

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Two New Harry Potter Books Coming in Time for Anniversary Exhibition

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If you didn’t already know (have you been hiding under a rock?) this year celebrates twenty years since the release of the very first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This October, the British Library is celebrating with an exhibition to open on 20th October and with it comes two new books about the series! Read More

5 World War II Novels Coming Out This Summer

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I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, particularly that set around the years that World War II took place. Thankfully it’s a pretty broad and rich genre, but I’m always on the look out for new reads and this summer I’m spoiled for choice!

There’s an absolute slew of brand new World War II fiction novels coming out this summer; so many in fact that I thought I’d do a blog of the best ones, for those who love the genre as much as I do! Read More

Author Zadie Smith Has Two New Books in the Works

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Author Zadie Smith first came to prominence when she published her first book, White Teeth, in the year 2000 at the age of just 24. White Teeth received critical acclaim and she has since gone on to publish four more successful books since then. Fans of Smith’s work will be pleased to learn that the author has not one, but two books in the works, and they’re expected to be published from 2019 onwards. Read More

The Final Wolf Hall Book Will Likely Be Delayed, Says Hilary Mantel

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Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy has been a huge success since the first book made its debut in 2009. Both it and its sequel, Bring up the Bodies, won the Man Booker prize and the third and final instalment is highly anticipated by readers. If you’re a fan of the series then we’ve got bad news, Hilary Mantel has stated it’s becoming “increasingly unlikely” that the final entry, entitled The Mirror and the Light, will be released in 2018 as she had hoped. Read More



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