Twenty7 Books, Bonnier’s début-only adult fiction imprint, has revealed its first acquisitions. The list will publish exclusively in e-book first, with mass-market paperbacks released around six months later.
The imprint’s first title will be Ayisha Malik’s Sofia Khan is not Obliged, described as “the Muslim Bridget Jones”, in September. Other buys include psychological drama The Hidden Legacy by Graham Minett; Stasi Child, the first in a historical crime trilogy by David Young; and The Exclusives by Rebecca Thornton, which is set in an elite private school.
Publisher Joel Richardson said: “We feel that our innovative method of publishing first in digital will enable us to go to retailers with a story behind each title as we sell the physical books, using reviews and e-book sales figures to encourage retailers to support us in the current risk-averse environment.”
Both Twenty7 and Zaffre, a commercial adult fiction imprint, were brought to Bonnier by Mark Smith, who joined the company in January this year.