• Mon, 06/07/2009 - 07:05

    Virgin Books will not publish any new titles in its Black Lace and Nexus erotica lists next year, although the publisher has said the imprints will remain "active".

    John Sadler, m.d. of Virgin Books, said: "As part of our strategic planning for 2010 we will be prioritising our rapidly growing non-fiction list and as such...

  • Fri, 03/07/2009 - 05:47

    A TV adaptation has led to a huge sales boost for Martina Cole's 2005 thriller The Take (Headline). The novel, set in London's criminal underworld during the 1980s, is fast approaching the 550,000 life sales mark thanks to the Sky 1 boost.

    Over the past six weeks, since the TV tie-in hit the shelves, the novel has sold...

  • Tue, 30/06/2009 - 06:32

    The heroine of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels is to challenge celebrity food writers like Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson by launching her own cookbook, reports the Telegraph. Mma Ramotswe's Cookbook will be published by Polygon in November.

    The cookbook, supposedly written by Precious Ramotswe, is the...

  • Fri, 26/06/2009 - 05:31

    Phaidon is to publish a book in which art collector and advertising guru Charles Saatchi answers "with brutal frankness" some 200 questions put to him by journalists, critics and members of the public. Famously reclusive, Saatchi will address all areas of his life. The full title of the book is My Name is Charles Saatchi and I am...

  • Fri, 26/06/2009 - 02:37

    Largely unseen behind the scenes photographs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will be revealed for the first time in two new books by Anova. The publisher has adapted its A Life in Pictures books, which look at classic film stars, into a new series about musicians. The first two books in the On Camera, Off Guard series by Mark...

  • Mon, 22/06/2009 - 05:05

    The unseen private correspondence of novelist and playwright W Somerset Maugham will expose him as a "terrible" father, according to a new biography.

    John Murray will publish The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham on 3rd September in hardback, priced £25. The title's author, Selina Hastings, has been working on...

  • Fri, 19/06/2009 - 06:21

    Both W H Smith and Tesco have been criticised for promoting a book on Josef Fritzl in their Father's Day selections. WHS has apologised, while Tesco has now said it was a "mistake".

    The Evening Standard reports that high street chain WHS apologised after shoppers at the Lewisham branch were shocked to see The...

  • Thu, 18/06/2009 - 08:25

    The long-awaited memoir from rock veteran Ozzy Osbourne will be published by Sphere this autumn in the UK. I Am Ozzy will come out on 1st October, with Osbourne visiting the UK on publication for a week of publicity and two book signings.

    Antonia Hodgson, publisher of the commercial division at Little, Brown, said the book was...

  • Wed, 17/06/2009 - 14:21

    Academic publisher Routledge is to embark on its most extensive repackaging of its backlist titles, reissuing more than 100 books over the next 12 months.

    Routledge Revivals is a new series that looks at taking advantage of key titles from its backlist during the recession and reproducing them using print on demand.

    The first 18...

  • Fri, 12/06/2009 - 05:15

    Chambers Harrap has given the Brewer's Dictionaries series a complete makeover, creating a more "uniform approach" to the brand for its relaunch in August.

    This will be the first time that the list, which was acquired from Orion last year, has a single "overarching design", and the publisher hopes it will...

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