WH Smith Fresh Talent autumn dozen unveiled

WH Smith Fresh Talent autumn dozen unveiled

Titles by Max Porter and Ali Shaw are among the books that have been selected for this autumn's WH Smith Fresh Talent promotion.

The dozen titles, all from new and emerging authors, are to be promoted through the retailer’s Travel stores over the next three months. They include Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Faber), by Granta editorial director Porter, which won the 2016 Dylan Thomas Prize, and Shaw's The Trees, a "wildly imaginative, epic and enchanting novel" (Bloomsbury), which was one of the key titles acquired at London Book Fair 2015.

The promotion also includes The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (Canongate), Prodigals by Greg Jackson (Granta), Hex by Thomas Olde Huevelt (Hodder & Stoughton), The Painted Ocean by Gabriel Packard (Corsair), Alberto’s Lost Birthday by Diana Rosie (Mantle) and Rawblood by Catriona Ward (W&N).

The final four titles completing the dozen are Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg (Del Rey), The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn (Orenda), Look at Me by Sarah Duguid (Tinder Press) and The Hollow Men by Rob McCarthy (Mulholland Books).

A WHS spokesperson said: "This Autumn we have a new batch of Fresh Talent authors and we could not be more excited for you to discover them. Offering fresh voices, new characters and intriguing perspectives on life, there’s nothing quite like taking a chance on an emerging author and falling head first into their world. Our Fresh Talent initiative across our travel stores is our way of helping new authors to get the attention they deserve, and readers to find refreshing reads."

WHS relaunched its Fresh Talent promotion in Travel stores in March 2015.