Amateur sleuths and post-pandemic insights predicted as book trends for 2021

Amateur sleuths and post-pandemic insights predicted as book trends for 2021

Editors and agents say books about the natural world and “oblique” looks at the pandemic are strong trends for the year ahead while readers also remain on the lookout for escapist fiction and Thursday Murder Club-style amateur sleuths.

With many readers spending the best part of a year mainly at home, industry insiders said there was a yearning for optimistic novels, with Richard Osman's soaraway hit debut a key touchstone for some.

Katherine Armstrong, currently of Bonnier Books UK and soon to be head of fiction at S&S, observed: “What I did notice last year was that there are more books...

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