Pre-Frankfurt buzz: 'up-lit', toxic relationships, and smart non-fiction

Pre-Frankfurt buzz: 'up-lit', toxic relationships, and smart non-fiction

The Frankfurt buzz is descending later and later each year, publishers have told The Bookseller, leaving many guessing as to what the hottest trends and breakout books of this year’s fair will be. However, early signs suggest the market has moved on from psychological suspense novels and darker fiction, in favour of more uplifting, book-club titles and smart women’s fiction.

Trapeze commissioning editor Katie Brown, who specialises in women’s fiction, said she had received at least five “big” submissions confronting subjects such as loneliness and grief, themes typically explored and resol...

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