Random offers e-book bundles for Faulks' look at fiction

Random offers e-book bundles for Faulks' look at fiction

<p>BBC Books and Vintage Classics have teamed up to create e-book bundles of titles to tie-in with the publication of Faulks on Fiction (BBC Books) and the BBC series of the same name.<br /><br />The series, due to be broadcast from 5th February on BBC2, will examine the history of the British novel through the popular archetypes - heroes, lovers, snobs and villains - most commonly depicted in them.<br /><br />BBC Books, which publishes tie-in Faulks on Fiction on 27th January as a &pound;20 hardback, will release five e-book bundles on the same day, one each themed &quot;Heroes&quot;, &quot;Lovers&quot;, &quot;Snobs&quot; and &quot;Villains&quot;, as well as one featuring the complete Faulks on Fiction.<br /><br />Each e-book will be bundled with between two and four Vintage Classics. The Heroes package includes Faulks&#39; heroes chapter, along with <em>Robinson Crusoe</em>, <em>Vanity Fair</em> and <em>The Hound of the Baskervilles</em>. In the Lovers bundle will be <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>, <em>Wuthering Heights</em> and <em>Tess of the D&#39;Urbervilles</em> and Faulks&#39; chapter on lovers.<br /><br />The Snobs bundle will include <em>Emma</em>, <em>Great Expectations</em> and <em>Diary of a Nobody</em>, along with Faulks&#39; chapter on Snobs, and the Villains collection will include <em>Oliver Twist</em> and <em>The Woman in White</em> along with Faulks&#39; villains chapter. The Heroes, Lovers and Snobs bundles will all be priced &pound;8.97, with the Villains package priced &pound;7.60.<br /><br />The fifth e-book package, priced &pound;20.87 and also released on 27th January, will include the complete Faulks on Fiction book, as well as <em>Robinson Crusoe</em>, <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>, <em>The Woman in White</em> and <em>Great Expectations</em>.<br /><br />Albert DePetrillo, editorial director at BBC Books, said of the partnership: &quot;We were thinking of ways we could do something a bit special on the digital side.&quot; <br /><br />On the expected market for the bundles, he said: &quot;I think it starts with Sebastian&#39;s own readership, who have enjoyed his novels for years. His stature as a novelist gives him a unique insight into these classics. And then I think [the market] broadens out to anyone interested in the power of books and what they can tell us about ourselves.&quot;</p>