Curzon Group plots 'first ever' tour of airport bookshops

<p>The Curzon Group, founded to revive interest in British thriller writing, has secured a deal with W H Smith Travel to hold what is thought to be the first-ever writers&#39; airport tour.</p><p>The summer promotion, entitled &quot;Take A Brit to the Beach&quot;, is designed to encourage browsing shoppers to consider &quot;one of the new generation of thrillers&quot; for their holiday. The group will tour a selection of the chain&#39;s airport stores starting at East Midlands Airport on 15th August, before visiting Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow airports later in the summer.</p><p>Founding member Matt Lynn said the group was excited to be venturing somewhere that was &quot;not on the traditional book-signing circuit&quot; in a bid to spread the word about contemporary British thriller authors. </p><p>The Curzon Group was launched in March during this year&#39;s London Book Fair by three writers: Lynn, Martin Baker and Alan Clements, who are respectively published by Headline, Pan Macmillan and Mainstream, and &quot;guru&quot; Jeffrey Archer.</p><p>The group has now expanded to become a quintet, with Tom Cain, author of <em>The Accident Man</em> and <em>The Survivor </em>(Bantam), and Richard Jay Parker, whose d&eacute;but <em>Stop Me</em> (Allison &amp; Busby) is out in August.</p><p>Three authors will appear at each airport. The promotion will coincide with the publication of books by Lynn, Cain and Parker. Lynn said: &quot;We&#39;ll spend a few hours in the shop, chat to customers, then if they want to buy a book we can sign it &#39;Have a great time in Corfu&#39;, or wherever.&quot; </p><p>He added: &quot;Thrillers are great beach reads&mdash;particularly for the male market. Because women read more regularly, but men tend to either receive books as presents or buy books to take on holiday, it&#39;s a great way for us to feed into that market.&quot;</p><p>The Curzon Group has already conducted a debate about the merits of British versus American thriller writers on HarperCollins&#39; social networking site Bookarmy. The writers also plan to run a poll on the website this autumn. </p>