Editors flock to prison tales and true crime while literary fiction flies pre-LBF

Editors flock to prison tales and true crime while literary fiction flies pre-LBF

True crime, “professional confessional” memoirs and titles that look into “sealed worlds” are the hottest non-fiction trends, according to agents who spoke to The Bookseller ahead of next week’s London Book Fair. A former monk’s self-help tome has gone for a seven-figure sum; meanwhile a number of editors and agents are reporting a “literary fiction renaissance”.

One title creating a stir among UK publishers on the eve of the fair was Dr Gwen Adshead’s The Devil You Know. Co-authored with Eileen Horne, it is a memoir and “exploration of the nature of evil”, telling of Adshead’s time workin...

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