Five-star September schedule on horizon

<p>Almost 30 leading authors, accounting for more than 50 million book sales, are facing off in September as the Christmas release schedule starts to take shape.</p><p><em>The Bookseller</em> rates authors in its category previews for previous sales of single titles in a similar format, in this case hardback. In the fiction release schedule for autumn in <em>The Bookseller</em>&#39;s &ldquo;Big Sellers&quot; and &ldquo;Ones to Watch&quot; categories, 17 authors are given a five-star rating, as they have sold more than 50,000 copies of a previous title. In non-fiction, there are 11 authors. This compares to only 18 &ldquo;five-star&quot; authors across fiction and non-fiction in 2009 and does not include books by Tony Blair and Sir Michael Caine.</p><p>September&#39;s publications include a string of sequels to successful celebrity memoirs with Chris Evans, Russell Brand and Jo Brand releasing books on the 30th. Paul O&#39;Grady&#39;s follow-up to last year&#39;s <em>At My Mother&#39;s Knee</em> is released on the 16th, the same day as Stephen Fry&#39;s long-awaited sequel to his memoir <em>Moab is my Washpot</em>.</p><p>In fiction, thrillers by the likes of James Patterson, Lee Child and Chris Ryan are published. Maeve Binchy and Sophie Kinsella are among the big-hitting female authors that are released in September.</p><p>Waterstone&#39;s spokesperson Jon Howells described September&#39;s list as &ldquo;outstanding&quot;, highlighting Fry&#39;s memoir and the latest Nigella Lawson cookbook as standout books. He said: &ldquo;Also a new John le Carr&eacute; is good news for us. It&#39;s his first with a new publisher so they will have something to prove.&quot; </p><p>He said he felt sales of the titles would not cannibalise one another as they appeal to different markets. </p>