Books by Michael Palin, Zadie Smith, Andrew Marr, and Ann Widdecombe have been added to the schedules for this autumn, with 11th October looking likely to be this year’s “Super Thursday”.
Titles currently due to be published on the 11th include Miranda Hart’s Is it Just Me? (Hodder & Stoughton), as well as new fiction from Andy McNab (Bantam Press), Martina Cole (Headline), John Grisham (Hodder & Stoughton), Cecilia Ahern (HarperCollins), Tasmina Perry (Headline) and Judy Finnegan (Sphere). Orion will release It Doesn’t Get Tougher Than This, the pre-TV memoir of “Masterchef” judge Gregg Wallace, with Simon & Schuster publishing Billy Idol’s autobiography.
Books newly added to the autumn line-up include Weidenfeld & Nicolson’s Brazil by Michael Palin (September), tying in to a BBC1 series and Andrew Marr’s A New History of the World (Pan Macmillan) which ties into a “major” BBC series and is provisionally planned for publication on 11th October. W&N will also be publishing The Autobiography by former MP and “Strictly Come Dancing” star Ann Widdecombe, with Bear Grylls’ A Survival Guide for Life coming from Transworld.
Michael Joseph will be publishing Jamie Oliver’s next title, 15-minute Meals, on 27th September, another major day for big autumn releases with a claim to the "Super Thursday" crown.
Other big-hitting fiction this autumn includes the first novel from White Teeth author Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton) in seven years. Smith’s title, NW, will be published on 6th September, with the plot set over one Notting Hill carnival weekend and focusing on four school friends who had grown up together as their lives become entangled once again.