Hewson novel to be audio-first

Audiobook publisher W F Howes is to release David Hewson’s new book The Flood as an audiobook exclusive.

It will be released on 1st August, one year before it becomes available in print, as both a digital download and a CD.

Crime writer Hewson—author of The Killing (Pan), a literary adaptation of the Danish TV series—said that releasing The Flood as an audiobook initially could be the first in new experiments with the format.

He said: “Audiobooks are the purest form of storytelling. This is a departure for me, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.”

The book is read by narrator Saul Reichlin, and Hewson said the actor has “won thousands of fans for my books around the world—at the microphone”.

Dominic White, head of publishing and commerce at 
W F Howes, said authors were increasingly looking to reach an audio audience. He said: “Audiobooks are a natural extension of reading in the digital age and Dave is one of a growing number of authors leveraging the growing audience.”

The Flood is set in Florence in 1986, and revolves around art student Julia Wellbeloved and semi-retired detective Pino Fratelli, who come together following an attack on a fresco of Adam and Eve. Their investigation into the crime leads them to a secret society, and Florence’s great flood of 1966.

W F Howes publishes 50 unabridged audiobooks each month, selling digital and physical formats both through retail channels and into libraries